How to Get Useful Ideas for Stories

A Writer's Path

by Doug Lewars

If you ask most writers where they get their ideas, the answer is ‘everywhere’. And that’s true. You can get ideas from anywhere and everywhere; however, the trick isn’t to get ideas, the trick is to get useful ideas. For example, suppose you’re writing a thriller and you’re describing a car chase. An idea about snorkeling in Bermuda is not helpful. It might be fine for another book or another scene but if our hero is careening about a corner on two wheels while being shot at, it isn’t going to do either you, or him, much good.

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