- Story about grandmother and granddaughter
- Antarctica - how could I write about it?
- What if a step-mother is trying to kill her husband and the guy's kids find out?
- What about a group of teens who go around rescuing people?
- The Mouse That Lived In the Refrigerator
- Have a character who loves to snack on nuts (peanuts). Maybe when they're stressed?
- Have a character who's a spy, but no one knows it, and it isn't even revealed to the reader until later?
I'm still learning, but one exercise I've come to find works really well in getting to the heart of a writer is this. Ask yourself the question, "What I really want to write about is: ___" And then type (or write with a pencil or pen) continuously for five minutes your response. It's one of many great idea kick-starters James Scott Bell recommends in his book Plot & Structure.
I tried the technique with this novel. I ended up writing in my notebook that I wanted, first of all, to write about the main character of my previous novel Innocent Blood (working title). I was curious what happened in her life up after the events of that novel, and I figured if I was curious others might be, too. I also wanted to write about a character who has just been released from prison. What sort of struggles would they face? Would they experience condemnation from the Christian community?
These were only tiny nuggets of ideas. How to develop them into a novel? Would the two ideas need to be separate books or could they somehow fit together?
Now here's a question for you. I'd love to hear your response to the question: "What I really want to read about is ___" Is there a scenario, character, or much neglected genre you want to read but haven't found?