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Finding a Great Story to Write

finding a great storyStill in the process of finding a great story to write? We writers always seem to carry around that yearning. And I am talking about the yearning that every person who communicates with the written words knows all about. I am referring to the strong feeling inside that makes you want to write. Those times when a ball of emotion maybe kicks in and you need to express that in some way.

Unfortunately what happens sometimes is that you go to write but all those feelings and urges to write have no target. And without a target, your writing becomes aimless and even incoherent. Without an objective, we start to sound like the elderly lady down the street who babbles on endlessly without ever making a point. Do you want others to read your material and politely nodding – like we do to that old lady down the street? I got news for you – they won’t be reading it in the first place!

So what all of us writers and authors need is the ability to generate content that is focused. If it is not focused, then people will not be interested in the story. Of course, the best thing to have is a system or a process that will allow us to collect a reservoir of writing ideas. This way, we have something to get us started. Usually, when we take an older idea, we can apply to new spin or angle to that. Some of the great ideas in the world have been discovered in the pursuit of another idea.

I urge you to check out these posts which will help you to uncover fresh new writing ideas:

How to Get Story Ideas for Fiction Writing – By far the most common question asked of professional writers is where they get their ideas. We all like to think that brilliant, fully-formed story ideas just pop into the heads of our favorite authors. We imagine that if we could somehow learn their secret technique then we too could crank out bestsellers as effortlessly as they seem to.

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing – No matter how much you love writing, there will always be days when you need inspiration from one muse or another. In fact, I would argue that inspiration is not just a desirable thing, it’s an integral part of the writing process. Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing. And sometimes, it can come from the unlikeliest sources.

How to Come Up With Story Ideas – I believe I should preface this post with a small disclaimer before we jump in. This list of writing prompts and story starters to generate story ideas is by no means a definitive list nor is it exhaustive. To be honest no list could ever be exhaustive when it comes to coming up with story ideas. However, the tactics used in this post are how I have been able to, over the years, come up with story ideas for several of the different stories I have worked on or have shared with other writers. But I also believe they can benefit anybody else who utilizes them. So let’s jump in. And the first question we need to ask ourselves in the process of coming up with fresh story ideas is…

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