Do you dream of writing a novel but don’t know where to start because you believe you don’t have any great ideas? If so, then this video is for you. The truth is you do actually have great ideas, but you need to learn how to how to listen to them.
It’s important to point out that it’s unrealistic for you to expect these first few ideas to be award-winning. The chances are they probably won’t be and this is perfectly okay. These no so great ideas are something that what happens to everyone and the interesting thing about the creative process is ideas tend to lead to better ideas.
And those better ideas lead to these great ideas that you can create a story around. In this video, I’m going to share with you the exact steps you need to take to come up with a great idea for your story.
Tip number one. Understand the truth behind writer’s block. Writer’s block is often painted as this epic battle between the writer and the blank page and it’s something that the writer has to jump over every time they write.
And, you know what? It doesn’t have to be this way. A lot of people do struggle with writer’s block and they don’t understand why they get it. And, once you understand what triggers writers block then you’ll have a different problem.
What To Write A Story About – The Idea Is The Book
Video transcript (cont’d)
And that different problem which is what I consider the biggest problem most writers have is, you know, that problem, the epic battle we have with procrastination, where you know you should be writing, there’s a part of you that wants to write, but you don’t sort of feel inspired, you don’t want to.
And its about creating a habit around writing. But that’s a completely different video for another day and it’s certainly something I’ve had learnt over the years. Back to writers block. What writer’s block is, it’s a symptom often of something much… of a bigger problem.
And that bigger problem is an empty creative well and what a lot of writers do with their creative well is they let their well run dry, and then they’ll try and draw… and they’ll try and draw ideas from it. I personally like to refer to this as you know the consume versus create ratio.
But I love the analogy that I a um… that the creative well idea sort of pictures in your mind. I think it helps you to grasp the concept just a little bit better. As you consume various different forms of content like, film, TV, all of that, like books, anything that sort of creative, that sort of, that sort of story based, even the news sometimes can give you ideas but you sort of consume those ideas and sometimes when you’re consuming this content you sort of… think “oh, that’s interesting.
But, what if blah blah blah?” And that is essentially a seed of an idea. Yeah. So, This is what… This is what writer’s block is. It’s an a symptom of an empty creative well, where you have nothing left to sort of create ideas from. There’s no… There’s no seeds left you sort of grow an idea from.
Tip number two is, to change your perception on originality. One of the reasons most first-time writers fail to fill they’re creative well is because they’re chasing this notion of creating something truly original. So in pursuit of this sort of “this truly original idea” people stop reading.
These people stop reading books, they stop consuming movies, TV, all of that stuff, and they focus on sort of creating an idea that’s truly original. It’s like, this is the holy grail for writers, a truly original idea. The interesting thing is a lot of story experts actually say there’s, I think it’s, seven types of stories.
So, if there are seven types of stories you can sort of almost assume that most stories have been told. And if most stories have been told then what you really need to focus on is creating a unique… a story that’s, you know, unique. What do I mean by an unique story?
What makes your story unique compared to say if you wrote a story about Red Riding Hood because that’s… that story is now public domain. So say if your story was a Red Riding Hood re-telling. If you go on Amazon there are I’m huge number of Red Riding Hood re-tellings. So, obviously your story isn’t going to be original.
That idea has already been put out there. But, that what will make your story unique is the way that you protray the character, the way that… that your point of view of the story, what you choose to put in the story, and what you choose to leave out of the story.
I guess those twists that you put on the story, and the things that you… if you sort of give it your own personal stamp if you sort of incorporate things that as a as a writer that you’re really interested in and passionate about it’s going to make the story seem different to all those other red riding-hood retellings.
Even though, technically there the same story. If you sort of focus on telling a story that’s unique and has a different message as opposed to originality, you’ll actually find that creating great ideas will become a little bit easier. Tip number three. Fill your creative well. Consider the different types of content that you like to consume.
Like reading, listening to audiobooks, watching TV, watching movies (if you’re a huge movie fan), and going to art galleries, museums that’s that you like. Sometimes watching the news and current affairs can actually help you sort of come up with great ideas.
And the whole point of sort of filling your creative well is you simply follow your curiosity. There’s a lot of writing… advice out there that says “write what you know” and that can be really boring. If you just write out of your personal experience it means you have to go and do a lot of things so then you can write about it in your book.
Not everyone, like if you’re writing, like an espionage thriller is this sort of concept… this notion of…. writing what you know is a little bit redundant. So, follow your curiosity. Pay attention to… write what you’re interested in…. interested in and write with your passionate about because when you create ideas and from the things that you’re interested in.
You’re more likely to follow it through and to be super excited about starting writing and it’s important to write stories that you love and that your passion about so it doesn’t sort of feel like a job, which leads me to the fourth and final tip.
Write down your ideas. I’m often surprised by the number of people who fail to document their ideas. The only way that you actually notice great ideas that you take the time to document them and then look back and review them and flag the ideas that really excite you, the ideas that you keep coming back to, that you can’t seem to get out of your mind.
This is how great ideas are discovered is that you write them down and you do a review. What I will sort of point out just like a mini tip with a tip is that you choose a method of recording your ideas and keep it consistent so that you’re only going to the one place to um to look over your ideas instead of having to go, “oh I have that great idea where was it? Where did I documented again?”
So I choose… I just have like a tiny moleskin journal that I use. I got a um like a special edition journal, I think it’s called ‘la petit…’ it’s the petite prince version of this and that’s what it looks like it’s got little starts. It’s upside down. and back to front. That’s what it looks like. It’s got little like a little moon and stars and cute things on there and I write all my ideas to down for my story in there.
You could use other things like Evernote or even just on the note section of your iPhone if that’s what your into. And just, sort of create a separate notebook for just ideas. So be consistent with whatever method you choose for documenting your umm ideas down, make sure you go back and review, and then flesh out those ideas that really excite you and sort of add in sort of obstacles, new twists and turns.
And this is the really the start of creating a great idea, a great story idea for your book. So those are the exact steps you need to take to come up with great ideas for your book. And I don’t want to just leave you with a whole bunch of random tips and not something point you towards the next available step, no matter how clear it may seem to things for me, I always want to leave you with an actionable steps section of the video.
So over the next week, I want you to purely focus on filling your creative well and documenting the ideas that you come up with and make sure you sort of choose one method of documentation, just make it easier for you. If you love this videos and give it a thumbs up and hit the subscribe button to receive more videos like this. Thank you for watching and I’ll see you next time.
What to write in books – The million dollar idea
If you have a million different ideas and are struggling to choose the right one, or if you have a pile of manuscripts that you can’t seem to finish than this video is to you. This indecisiveness is the writer equivalent of shiny object syndrome, where you jump from idea to idea and can’t seem to choose the right idea for you book.
Essentially you’re stuck in the land of indecision. I understand exactly how this feels. As a writer, I too have suffered from shiny object syndrome. Especially when it comes to choosing an idea for a book, or the classic thing that I used to do was I used to abandon writing projects in favour of bigger, better, shinier, newer things.
And over the years, in my writing journey I’ve managed to go from shiny object syndrome to reaching a place where I finished two manuscripts that I’m excited to publish and they’re in a genre that I adore. So I want to keep writing other books in that genre, in that series.
So in this video, I wanted to share with you my number one tip to choosing the right idea for your book. This is the part of the publication process, that I’ve seen many writers overthink.
Many aspiring authors fall into the trap of writing the story they think they should write or writing a story that their family and friends seem to like the most, instead of choosing… Instead of choosing one of these two options, I recommend that you choose the idea that you can’t stop thinking about.
It’s not enough for you to like a story. You really do need to love it. It’s like falling in love. You know what it’s like. I’ve been guilty of this, when you fall in love, you can’t seem to stop talking about someone and you find yourself steering everyday conversation so you can talk about your new love interest.
And because you’re so sort of in love you’re quite passionate about that person you don’t notice your family and friends rolling their eyes thinking, “oh not again.” And this is how you need to feel about your story. So right now you’re probably thinking, “why do I need to love a story idea of this much bore for I start writing it?”
The path the publishing your first book will be long and difficult. There will always be obstacles that sort of pop up along the way and other things that sort of happen that you don’t expect and that.. and these things will make your…the publication process a little longer.
So in light of this, you need to choose the idea that your ahh... that you’re so passionate about, that interests you the most that will take you through these… these difficult moments. Those moments even when you start doubting yourself you start feeling like you’re the worst writer on earth. Trust me those days will come.
One moment you’ll be thinking your story’s great and the next you’ll be crying over how bad your prose sound or the fact that your… your story is full of plot holes. If you choose a story that you’re passionate about and that you can’t stop thinking about it, then this will make the publication process a little easier, then if you where to simply write to market.
On a side note, there’s nothing wrong with writing to market, but if you’re writing in this way then you are simply treating writing a job, but this isn’t really what I’m about. In saying this, it is important for you to have an audience and for you to be writing in a genre that has demand (ie. you know there are a lot of people who want to read more of the that content.) that’s always a good sign that your book might be profitable, but for me… it’s more important to me to love what I’m writing, that’s why I left my day job.
It’s to pursue something I love and this is why it’s so important to me to write what I love. So choose that…that writing idea that you can’t seem to get out of your head, that writing idea that when you sort of think about you can’t stop yourself from writing.
When I first started writing the first draft of my James Lalonde novel, Immunity, I went from sort of writing a brief synopsis and then I dove into creating character profiles, and then from there, I started getting ideas for scenes and then I just did a complete scene outline. I ended up with about 90 scenes…and this is all in the one evening and then it was sort of around 11:00 pm and I started writing the first draft.
I literally couldn’t stop myself from writing those first few words and at the end of that week I wrote my first eleven thousand words. And I’m not saying that choosing an idea I was passion about made it, you know, super easy and I finished my first draft in a matter of weeks.
That did not happen. Just like everyone else, I made, you know, first time writing mistakes, like it took me forever to develop the habit of writing daily and that’s just, that’s key. The other thing I did was I made the mistake of distracting myself with research.
I would reach a point in my novel, instead of writing X, or just sort of putting some type of note to go back and sort of do that later, I would distract myself with research. And the other thing is I obsessed over writing the first draft which is ridiculous because we all know that’s what editing is for.
Editing is for perfecting what you’ve already written that the point of writing the first draft. And so yeah, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Choosing an idea I was passion about is what made me keep coming back to writing Immunity, even when it was difficult, even when I was really slacking off and I wasn’t developing here the habit of writing.
Because I really loved the characters and I was passionate about the message behind my story. This is what made the difference. So, this is why I’m saying to you to choose an idea that you’re passionate about, that you can’t stop talking about, because that’s what’s going to get you get you through the tough times.
It’s going to make a difference between you know, just another manuscripts that you haven’t finished and finally finishing that first draft. Trust me, when you get to that place where you’ve finish a first draft it’s such a good feeling. It’s almost hard to describe.
It’s like you’ve fi-nal-ly finished! And, that’s exactly how I felt when I was… when I wrote those final words of Immunity. I was like, “I’m done.” I was so excited, a little over excited. So this is the reason why I sort of say to choose the idea you’re passion about…because really, it’s the only reason why I finished Immunity and Silence, because I was so…I really loved the characters and the storylines that I’ve.. that I’d chosen.
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