I wrote this #ThrowBackThursday post for The Great Noveling Adventure blog and it was originally published on October 7, 2014.
For this Travel Tuesday, I’ve decided to send you on a journey with your imagination. Story ideas come from many different places. Everyone has their own process and sometimes that process needs a little nudge.
It never hurts to practice. To stretch. To limber up the imagination and prep it to receive THE BIG IDEA. I mean, not every great idea falls fully formed out of the sky and smacks us on the head. Sometimes, the great ideas are cultivated. Grown. Here are a few sites that can help you find the seed to begin your next great idea.
Have some fun and play with your imagination. After all, that’s what it’s for.
If you work better when given a scary, looming deadline, how about sixty seconds? Oneword is a prompt site that gives you just that. One minute to write a story.
You click GO and your prompt word appears. You then have one minute to write about it. You are encouraged to, “Don’t think. Just write.”
This is a great exercise for warming up or for getting unstuck. Maybe even sparking a new idea.
The site stops your cursor when time is up, so you can’t cheat. You can then share your work if you like and even read what others have created. Here’s one I did with the word “underdog”.
He always liked the show. You know, the cartoon, but he never thought he’d be categorized like that. Underdog. Not him. He wanted to be the hero. The one to get the girl. But it was always his best friend. The rugged athlete.
The time goes really fast! Although I probably wouldn’t use this actual passage in a manuscript, I could see this kindling the idea for a character or storyline. Who is this person? Why does he secretly feel like the underdog in his own story? I wanted to know more about him.
So tempting to keep clicking for new words.
This Tumblr site has all the bases covered – it gives you three different rabbit holes to choose from
- Image Blocks – “A picture is worth a thousand words. Find the words.” From fantastical landscapes to expressive faces – shown in varying mediums, from original artwork to intriguing photographs – you’ll always find an image that arouses your imagination.
- Sentence Blocks – “In one sentence is the spark of a story. Ignite.” Some start with a quote, some start with a question that begs to be answered, some give a hint of a situation that could lead to anywhere.
- Music Blocks – “Music is love in search of a word. Find the words.” Think of it as the most eclectic playlist you’ve ever heard. Pick a track and listen. What mood does it evoke? What story springs to mind? Let it out on the page.
The infinite possibilities will help stir up those plot bunnies in no time.
I hope you enjoy these sites. Feel free to share your favorite idea-prompting sites with us. We love hearing from you!
Happy Writing, Adventurers!