To generate story ideas

5 MIND BLOWING STEPS TO GENERATE STORY IDEAS THAT WORK – MAKINGMONDAYMILD

We always want to generate story ideas that are mind-blowing so that our stories can linger in the minds of our audience long after they have read the story.

Plus we can’t deny that these ideas can come across as a rare gem when we are searching every nook and cranny for them.

Mind blowing story ideas are not that hard to figure out. So if you’re struggling with generating story ideas this post will help you by showing you five basic steps needed to start generating great stories.

Let’s get started.

How do we come up with unique story ideas?
To generate story ideas, you will need eyes that can pick up cues from your environment that are story worthy.

There must be a way to come up with unique story ideas in sufficient amount to enable one to never run out of them.

How is it possible that some creators have found their way while others still struggle with theirs.

In ancient times and in ancient cities like greece, to carry a muse was to excel in one’s art.

Some creators still believe that inspiration can never be spent while others search for it desperately.

 

5 MIND BLOWING STEPS TO GENERATE STORY IDEAS

 

It’s true that finding inspiration for stories can be tricky, especially when your muse isnt cooperating but nevertheless, there is a way.
Once you are able to follow these five steps at anytime, you will be on your way to generating story ideas that work in any situation.

1. Identify story worthy cues from your environment

Story worthy cues from your environment will comprise of those events that can be developed into full blown stories.

These could be recent happenings like what people are already talking about around your locality, country or niche (what is trending), what people love to talk about(ever green topics) or experiences that pass moral lessons or topics that just elicit certain strong emotions( Feelings of happiness, belonging, self esteem and so on)

At other times, even ordinary everyday happenings can be a cue for a story as a repeated pattern is been formed by these events.

Take for instance your regular commute to work, your frequent stop by at a usual fun spot, Your never miss family outings on weekends, Your chit-chat with a friend, your conversations at the workplace or even attendance to religious gatherings
More juicy cues can pop up from sources like your favourite T.v show or series, interesting fictions, usual genres, favourite activities or the headlines from papers.

How you know they are worthy is because they are rich in context, they represent topics affecting a generous number of people and spark interest on a high level.

 

2. Thoroughly analyze each cue for story worthiness.

 

An analysis of each cue for their full potential is required once you get them.
You should have a way of documenting ideas in ways that seem best for you.

For instance, you can sketch, outline points, create videos or record audios for them.

For newspaper headlines, you can take some clear shots or videos and save for later.
I recall shopping for make-up at a beauty shop and got carried away by the beautiful headline of a magazine resting on the seat.

I quickly took some snap shots. This is my usual habit. I usually save screenshots of headlines that pique my interest.
This helps me go back to revisit them and decide on how best to adapt them to a story.
When doing analysis of your story ideas, you may employ various methods like cueing (Anchor link on cueing).

At Writing Cooperative  suggests a common few. These include:

· Engaging your five senses (sight, sound, touch, taste and smell)

· Alphabet cueing (That is putting together words that begin with the same alphabets example Detty December Deals; Food, friends and family)

· Question cueing (Using the 5W’s: Who, What, Where, When and why to provide a rich context to the idea)
· Plot cueing (Engaging systematic techniques like expositions, complication, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution)

Other techniques to employ to assist with analysing your story ideas for story worthiness include; mirroring, listing, cubing, sketching, mind mapping and so on.

You may be familiar with at least one or two of these methods for coming up with ideas for your story or you may have learnt a few new ones to add to your list.

The essence of thoroughly analysing your ideas is a test to ascertain if the story is worth exploring or not.

3. Connect these cues into a story idea

 

After using these methods is it possible to connect the dots looking at what you have already?
Say you have settled for Question cueing (Using the 5W’s: Who, What, Where, When and Why) you should now be able to weave all parts together. ( An Example from thought.co AUSTIN—Texas’ (where) Destinee Hooker, the two-time defending NCAA high jump champion (who), will skip track (what) this season (when) to train with the U.S. women’s national volleyball team (why) before Olympics
Or if you chose, plot cueing (example from Soft school In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth and her sisters are young, unmarried, poor women in England)

You can now figure out how to bring your idea into a complete whole.

 

4. Research the story idea if it’s evergreen

 

Once you have fleshed out the idea, it’s now time to do more research. Never leave your idea in its rough state. Try to look up what others have discussed concerning the idea.
You will be able to ascertain if this idea is a never fading one or simply identify the timeless aspect to your story.

Whichever way, you must have done yourself a whole lot good knowing what other sources are saying about that idea.

You can research various aspects of the idea for clarity. You can also visit specific forums like quora. Google may even lead you to these forums.

If it’s for pictorial ideas, Pinterest sources may be your go to.

 

5. Document the idea and repeat

 

Now, you’ve done your homework (that is, followed all outlined steps above) you can now document them fully.
Remember, they have past the draft stage and are now full blown ideas so you can actually document them via video, audio or make written drafts.

You can even decide to make it a series if you like.

Even Start sharing snippets on your group.
And there you have a system you can rinse and repeat to help you generate story ideas that work.
More steps are discussed in easy-to-digest headings in the how to generate story ideas ebook.
Access yours here 》How to generate story ideas

Now let’s also talk about using a plot generator that can help you generate story ideas.

GENERATING STORY IDEAS USING A PLOT GENERATOR

 

According to wikipedia, a story generator or plot generator is a tool that generates basic narratives or plot ideas.

The random plot generator is one of such plot generators founded by Writing exercises blog

The aim is to help you develop a story-line. When you click the buttons, they will generate two characters, a setting, a situation and a theme.

Your job is to put the elements together and come up with an idea for a story.
You keep trying these elements till you get one that fits perfectly.

There are other plot generator you can use to generate other aspects of story ideas, like adding plot twists and genres but this happens to be the most basic and easy-to-use generator.

PERSONALIZING THE STORY IDEATION PROCESS

 

What will help you personalize the ideation process?
You need to be able to access the kinds of stories you want to generate on a consistent basis then using the steps outlined above like identify story worthy cues down to rinse and repeat  the steps.

According to Career Foundry , When it comes to the ideation phase, just remember: Have fun, experiment with different techniques, and don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Some story ideas may wield strong emotions, but that does not relieve the ideas from being tested for story worthiness. While fleshing out the idea, it’s key to not just focus on one aspect of the story idea for instance the sensory details alone or the 5W’s method.

Instead combine them to heighten the impact of the idea.

The key take away should be personalizing how that idea impacted on you or will impact on others, that is evaluating what the amoral of the story is because emotions alone though necessary for connection between stories isn’t the only element that makes for story worthiness.

According to  Well storied, brainstorming new story ideas with emotion in mind can be a great way to develop new concepts that excite and inspire you but you will have to consider the specific hopes, fears, joys, and pains that impact you most deeply. You will have to think of any ways you might translate these emotions vividly onto the page.

Also, your ideation process may be strongly shaped by your values. In as much as you may try to be objective, a story is usually formed from an angle.

So, personalizing the ideation process is you finding out the best combination of techniques for story cueing and sticking to what works best for you whether it’s the question method or sensory detail way.

TIPS FOR SUCCESS WHEN GENERATING STORY IDEAS

Once, you have these tips in my mind, they will help you generate story ideas with remerkable success always.

Let’s highlight them now and discuss them briefly:

  • Pay attention to what’s happening around you
  • Journalize your experiences
  • Talk about your ideas in an appropriate forum
  • Listen to more conversations around your ideas
  • Identify the gaps to take advantage of.

 

Talk about your ideas in an appropriate forum

 

Sometimes, you need to talk about your story ideas in an appropriate forum to help you get more angles to the story.
Appropriate forums may be your story groups, beta readers group, at networking events or even fun social gatherings with your support circles.

Listen to more conversations around your ideas

 

At other times you need to listen to others talk. It could be through watching videos online or offline etc or eavesdropping on real-life conversations around your story idea.
Identify the gaps to take advantage of.

Identify the gaps to take advantage of.

 

Talk about your ideas in an appropriate forum

Sometimes, you need to talk about your story ideas in an appropriate forum to help you get more angles to the story.
Appropriate forums may be your story groups, beta readers group, at networking events or even fun social gatherings with your support circles.

Listen to more conversations around your ideas

At other times you need to listen to others talk. It could be through watching videos online or offline etc or eavesdropping on real-life conversations around your story idea.

Identify the gaps to take advantage of.

 

Ideas birth ideas. From a single rich idea, tons of other ideas may pop up so once you get one good idea, try to identify gaps you can take advantage of. These gaps may appear as areas that need more expansion from the main ideas.

 

When was the last time you struggled to get an idea?

 

Try using this post to help you go through generating story ideas with success.

 

Find more posts on story ideas here:

HOW TO CREATE AN ACTIONABLE SYSTEM OF IDEAS.

FINDING STORY IDEAS IN YOUR EVERYDAY

 

 

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