So you are totally out of ideas, and you don’t know where in the world the next great story idea is going to come from. Why don’t you become a magician and pull one out of the hat?
WHAT? Am I crazy? No, here’s what you need to do. And there are no wands or magic words to remember, I promise. 😉
Gather some newspapers and magazines.
Go through and clip out names, places, actions, phrases, anything that catches your eye.
Now take your clippings, put them in a hat, mix them up, and PULL! *okay, if you want to wave your hand over the brim and whisper a few magic words here, I won’t blame you. haha* Get at least 3 slips out and see what happens.
Did you get a great main character name?
What about an exotic place where there are tropical birds?
How about having an action taking place in the first few lines?
*Abracadabra!* Many avenues can open up for you this way and really get the creative juices flowing.
I would love to hear how this exercise helps you out!
Til next time,