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How to Create a Really Good Plot Idea for a Book

Hi! Are you dreaming about writing a book? You’ve come to a great place. This is a very good place to start. Sometimes it’s not easy to find this story idea for a book that will excite you, move you, and have fun while writing. Where to start? How will I know it’s good? In this article you will find the answer not only to the question of how to create an idea for the plot of a book, but also how to choose the right one.

Well, let’s get down to business!

Think like a writer

According to Ghostwriting Solution, Perhaps you think famous writers just have tons of ideas. After reading the biographies of many of them, it can be concluded that they are rather divided into two camps – those to which new ideas come extremely rarely (even once every few years) and those whose creativity is constantly working at top speed. What makes the latter have hundreds of ideas for book plots? Unfortunately, the answer probably won’t surprise you. As in most fields, the key to success here is the right attitude.

Okay, so how do you build them? Writing teachers unanimously propose to constantly stimulate their creative mind that is, thinking like a writer at any time, in any situation. This will help you create an idea for the story of the book, develop it and make the whole process of writing the book much easier.

It is worth that you always have a notebook with you (a great facilitation here is simply taking notes on the phone). Write down all the ideas that come to your mind – fragments of text and dialogues; overheard interesting words and phrases; a description of the pictures, sounds or tastes that particularly excite you. Thanks to this approach that supports creative thinking, you will soon have even more good ideas for the story of the book that will come to you spontaneously, without effort.

Yes, I know, every day we look at everything that surrounds us. But are you doing it consciously? A good writer is a good observer.

  • Go to a park, restaurant or shopping center and start observing people, their reactions, expressions and body language with interest. Then focus on the surroundings, the rhythm of the city or nature.
  • You can also try to create “life stories” of specific people. You will be helped by questions such as: “How did they get here?”; “What excites them?”; “What are they passionate about?”; “What are they afraid of?”; “What stage of life are they at?”; “What do they want?” Etc.

This will make your texts truly come to life. It is also very possible that during such a trip, you will receive completely new ideas for the story of the book, specific scenes, and the heroes of your future novel.

But, but – remember to save! It’s really easy for an interesting idea to disappear forever. I can’t even count how many times I missed an idea for a story for a book that I dreamed about or thought about on the tram. That is why all interesting scraps should be in your notebook or smartphone as soon as possible.

But don’t quote me if you get caught Okay, here it takes two sentences of explanation. It is absolutely not about violating someone else’s privacy (including your loved ones). Rather, focus on listening carefully to what you hear each day. Listen to conversations at stops, on trams, on the train or in the queue of shops, focusing not on their content, but on the style of speech, words used, pace of speech, and drown

This is one of the greatest lessons for a novice writer. In schools, we are taught only the correct written Polish, this way you will learn the real spoken language. This will improve your writing skills, but it can also be a great source of inspiration to create your own story idea for a book.

Need an idea for the story of the book now?

I know this feeling well! Although I’ve written a few novels, that pressure to come up with a new great idea for a book’s plot never goes away completely. It is especially troublesome if we think about it for weeks, the excitement to write a new book grows and the ideas… don’t come. That is why I have gathered for you sources of inspiration that are used by famous and beginning writers.

  1. Think about what you love most about the books you read.

Perhaps it is a specific atmosphere, writing style, pace of the plot. This is a good start to start outlining your own book.

  1. Answer the question, “What am I great at?”

It will be a lot of fun to describe a historical era, specific culture, or hobby that you are interested in, and it will also reduce the research you will have to do while planning a plot or writing. It is enough for it to be something small, such as preparing a given dish or being interested in a specific social channel. You don’t need to be an expert in these fields to make the knowledge you have become a source of inspiration for you.

  1. Photographs and music.

They put us in a fantastic mood and create a unique atmosphere. The idea for the story of the book does not have to be closely related to them (But maybe. In this case, the novel could tell the story of the band or place from the photo).

  1. Form of the novel.

Are you interested in adventure or sensational books? Or maybe you are especially interested in psychological topics? Do you read tons of fantasy? Just fire up Wikipedia and familiarize yourself with the types and thematic ranges of the novel. Who knows, maybe your idea for the story of the book will be born from its form

  1. Hero type.

Sometimes for years there is a character in our head who has long since earned his voice, and maybe even told you some stories. The idea for the story of the book may also come from the character of your character or his experiences.

  1. Motive or emotion.

Loss, mourning, gratitude, joy, anger, sadness – these are extremely powerful themes around which you can build your entire novel.

  1. The event.

Want your book to start on the first day of the year? She finished on Easter or Valentine’s Day? Or maybe you can already imagine in detail a special event that will become part of your future book?

  1. Ready formula.

It may surprise you that there are some ready-made “recipes” for the plot of a novel. There are discussions about the originality and the use of such ready-made ideas for the story of the book. I would treat them as a helping hand that inspires inspiration. But even if two or more people happened to write novels based on the same set of variables, I’m sure they would be completely different texts.

How to choose the best idea for the plot of the book

Unfortunately, it is difficult in the early stages of developing an idea, which does not mean it is not feasible. One of the basic, and in my opinion even the most important, issues is checking the similarity to the already published novels. Inspiration is said to be the highest form of flattery. Sure, if it’s just inspiration, not plagiarism. At a very early stage in creating your story idea for a book, think about how many of its elements are original and how many are borrowed. It is important to compare your ideas with others of the same genre.

For example: paranormal romances (in Poland they more often function simultaneously under the categories: romance and fantasy) will have a common part in the form of supernatural beings (vampires, fairies, werewolves, etc.) and paranormal phenomena (transformations, powers, magic). Their main motive will be an affair between two or more “people”, and usually there will also be some kind of conflict about not belonging or feeling different. But if your romance is between a human teen and a vampire learning, her best friend will turn out to be a werewolf (like most of his close friends) and the girl will eventually give birth to a vampire child and transform herself … You can guess what I’m headed for. Too much resemblance smacks of plagiarism, and for that, no famous or novice writer wants to be accused.

To find out if the idea for the story you have created is good, answer yourself honestly to what extent it personally touches you. Sure, unfortunately readers and critics may find the storyline of a book you find fantastic.

But I mean something much more important to you as a writer. Writing a book is a long and complicated process that requires a lot of commitment and thus motivation. Moments of doubt will most certainly come, but if your idea of ​​the storyline doesn’t excite you enough right now, it’s very likely that you won’t be able to write it in its entirety.

Try to dismiss the initial fascination with your own idea and answer the questions honestly:

  • “Does history contain elements that move me?”
  • “Am I excited about writing this book?”
  • “Can I imagine working on this idea for another year?”
  • And finally: “Are there elements in my idea for the plot of the book that bore me and de-motivate me?” Are? It’s time to take care of them and make this book the best it can be.

Ready to go ahead and turn your idea for a book story into a novel that can hit the shelves of a bookstore?

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