This blog post is all about how to come up with story ideas that you are excited about!

What is self-publishing?

Put simply, self-publishing is publishing a book without the involvement of a publisher. You take charge of everything from the concept through to the marketing.

Why do you need exciting story ideas?

Because you will be with your book for a while at least. Anywhere between a few weeks (depending on the length of your book) to years in some cases.

Our debut novel ‘Meet Me At 10’ took 2 years to bring to life. (Oh I’ve learned a lot since then!)

Brainstorming story ideas.

An easy way to come up with story ideas is simply to brainstorm.

I literally wrote this out in seconds.

Pick 3-4 things out of this brainstorm.

I’ll go first…

  1. Soldier
  2. Journey
  3. Betrayed
  4. Love

Then you can start to add sentences around those words such as:

A SOLDIER was coming back from war. Had a long JOURNEY home. He was looking to propose to the LOVE of his life, but got home and felt BETRAYED by what he saw.

Again, I made that up in seconds.

Already, I can imagine the theme and setting of the book. I can even picture the soldier telling his friends about his wonderful girlfriend, only to find she has broken his heart.

What happened?

And what happens now…..?

Try brainstorming story ideas yourself.

At this stage, DO NOT EDIT.

You want to come up with lots of ideas where you have the luxury of picking the best, most exciting book idea for you to work with.

Book ideas generator

These kinds of things are great.

You will end up with endless book ideas!

Check out this online book ideas generator.

I’ve personally used this one before. I think for names and personalities too.

Or what about the ‘Writer’s Toolbox’?

A fun way to come up with all kinds of book ideas! We actually have this ourselves! It was a very thoughtful gift.

Click HERE to check it out on Amazon.

Books that can help you…

You can’t go wrong with this book.

All you need to do is what I did in the beginning and add the words, names, situations to sentences and see what happens!

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Or try this one?

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How to get story ideas for fiction writing – FICTION SQUARES!

How do you use them?

You can draw your own out or use ours.

In the first column, come up with some occupations/characters.

In the next column, write out random objects.

Column 3, write out different locations.

In column 4, write out motivations. These are things like:

Love, hunger, greed, revenge, justice etc.

(You need these to make a good book- it’s the driving force)

Then lastly, you want an obstacle (known as a conflict). This makes your story interesting for the reader. It would be boring if it all went to plan, right?

Now pick different combinations and think of which genres these would fit and see which ones spark an interest.

Then what?

You’ve picked your favourite 2-3, now what?

How exactly do you take that from an idea, to a first draft of a book?

Well, that’s where we come in…

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Have you always wanted to write a book?

Don’t know where to start? Have notes everywhere? Do you feel unorganised? Just can’t seem to finish writing that book?

With each passing day, your dreams of becoming an author seem to fade. You want  to give up, right?


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With How To Write A Novel From Scratch you will go from blank page to a compelling and thoroughly planned out first draft. A first draft you will be excited about showing off, and proud of. How To Write A Novel From Scratch covers the WHOLE process of writing a book through clear, logical steps.  It is more than just an outline provider, it’s your own writing mentor by your side.

How To Write A Novel From Scratch comprises of a set of step-by-step worksheets encompassing every element you will need to flesh out your first draft and give you full confidence that you have remembered everything. It is your toolkit to writing, and will be from now on.

Take the pressure out of “pantsing” and put the pleasure into planning with How To Write A Novel From Scratch

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Picture the scene where you see your debut novel gracing the shelves on Amazon or even your favourite book shop. How elated and proud will you feel telling all your friends and family that you are now a published author?

Don’t let anyone tell you that plotting your story will take the creativity and spontaneity out of writing – IT DOESN’T! It’s quite the opposite, actually! Plotting with How To Write A Novel From Scratch will open up ENDLESS book ideas – ones you may never have even thought of before.

Save time and money on all of those notepads you tear pages out of and crumple them up underneath your writing desk.

This one book is all you need!

Save valuable time going through all your notes and not knowing where to start!

Save money wasted on useless books that don’t actually offer the practical steps you need and can implement right away!

Save effort because this book literally holds your hand throughout the whole process – you just fill in the blanks until the end.

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Using this hidden-gem, you will able to repeat this process over and over again so that finally you can make money from your writing.

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This blog has shown you how to come up with story ideas that you will get excited about!

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