Secondary characters and everything else came while she was writing. Return to something you love.
Visit yard sales When Donna Tartt decided she wanted to write a novel about art, she started honing in on art everywhere she went. Engage in the world.
Then I just work up stories around those ideas. Research other occupations To write her book That Old Ace in the Hole, Annie Proulx called up some men who repair windmills in the Texas panhandle, because she had noticed that windmills through that area were being largely replaced by diesel pumps. Write about people close to you who have died.
She did not write the book then, but did so years later when she mentioned the photographs to a friend and was urged to explore them through writing. This process of starting with story nuggets and expanding them is the core of story idea generation. Where to start? If you try to make these up as you write, you could get in a big muddle — you often create inconsistencies that irritate the reader.
Age 30. If the person is open and receptive to the idea, they will start to notice all sorts of things pointing them towards it.
Slowing for a junction, I had time to identify it as a funeral rather than a wedding, and to spot two people deep in conversation a little away from the rest.
Every how-to book on writing will tell you that you need to start with a solid premise or story idea. Would you make the same mistakes?
Maybe it's a location that fascinates you, a character sketch, a clever line of dialogue , or even a great title. David G says: Use the process of elimination. What they rarely tell you is where this idea comes from in the first place.
Junot Diaz Inspirational Activity: A Bottomless Well of Ideas. By far the most common question asked of professional writers is where they get their ideas.
Ransom Riggs Inspirational Activity: When you later sit down to write, start with these nuggets.