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3 Quick and Easy Ways to Generate Story Ideas

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Generate Story Ideas

by Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ (

There are many ways you can generate ideas you can use for your stories, articles

and other creative pieces. Start with the three ways given below:

1. Put Your 5 Senses to Work

A simple but effective way to generate fresh ideas from a single concept, idea or

object is to describe or illustrate it using the 5 senses -- sight, smell, touch,

taste, sound.

For you to do: Generate 5 specific images or concrete examples (one example for

each sense) for the following:

- vindication (what's the smell of vindication? how does it taste? how does it

sound? what does it look like? how does it feel?)
- hesitation
- celebration

2. Take Advantage of Your Conflicts

Conflict is a part of life. It's also a source of creativity. You only need to

look at yourself and examine your experiences to come up with ideas based on


For you to do: What's stopping you from doing something? Who is in the way of you

getting what you want? What's stopping you from taking a career leap? Brainstorm

for conflicts in your life and come up with at least 15 in your list.

3. It's OK to Call People Names

Generate nicknames or terms that capture the lifestyles, attitudes or

characteristics of certain groups of people.

For example, the nicknames I came up for the kind of people I encountered on the

bus when I used to commute to work and back were: space-hog, slumper, fidgeter and

refined. The terms described how the people on the bus behaved as they sat.

[They were useful because I was able to avoid the space-hogs and the fidgeters when

choosing a seat. Sitting beside a slumper was all right, since most slumpers kept

their slumps within their space ;o)]

For you to do: Generate nicknames or terms for the following groups of people:

- cashiers
- waiters
- teachers
- employees
- actors

Begin using these 3 simple ways of generating ideas today. Before long, you'll be

churning out one idea after another with ease. That's creativity at work!

Copyright 2004 Shery Ma Belle Arrieta-Russ

Shery is the creator of WriteSparks! - a software that generates over 10 *million*

Story Sparkers for Writers. Download WriteSparks! Lite for fr*e -

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