Creative writing ideas seem to come to you at the most inopportune times; they come to you while you are sleeping in the form of dreams, while you're driving down the road in your car, while you are at work, or even while you are in the shower.
You may have an exciting and action-filled dream or thought that spurs a great story idea that could make you the next New York Times Best Seller, but something terrible happens when you leave the area that triggered that idea. What happens to that idea? About ten minutes after you wake up or get out of bed, you can't remember for the life of you what that dream was about. Or as soon as you step through that shower door, the thought escapes your mind as quickly as it entered.
Your ideas are your assets; the more ideas you have to build your fiction on, the more books you will be able to publish and make income from. It's just like owning real estate properties; the more rental units you own and rent out to people, the more money you will have coming in each month.
The key is to have several income producing books working for you all of the time. And these books come from your brilliant ideas. Unfortunately, not all of your ideas are used to write new books. Most of your creative writing ideas are lost forever.
I have compiled seven critical steps designed to help you foster and save new creative ideas for your fiction works in progress. These steps will help you discover ideas from deep down inside of you, only up until now that your subconscious mind has been able to grasp and not release.
Follow my 7 creative writing ideas to help improve your fiction writing and learn how to hold onto your ideas for the future of your fiction writing.
Use the following ideas, or prompts as I like to call them, to help develop the many thoughts you already have tucked away in your mind or that seemingly flash into your mind at random times into best selling novels.
Prompt 1: Write your ideas down! For some reason, thoughts that flash into your mind at any given time tend to disappear as quickly as they showed up. Details of those ideas immediately begin to fade the moment you shift your attention to something else.
Anything will do as a means of transfer from your brain to a more permanent source of recollection will help you keep that thought forever. The things you can write on to refer back to your creative writing ideas at a later date are toilette paper, receipts, pay stubs, scrap paper, writing journals, or whatever else is available to jot down your ideas at the given moment.
If you have a voice activated recorder, this works as a great storage device for your ideas. You can get a voice recording app for your cell phone that you can have on you all of the time to capture all of your creative writing ideas or other valuable thoughts.
Why is this so important? Because trying to remember something as brief as a thought is like trying to find a needle in a haystack; it just isn't going to happen unless you write your creative ideas down in some shape or form!
It's so easy to lose an awesome idea among all of the other thoughts rolling around your brain, so write down each idea that comes to mind, no matter how small it seems, before you forget it!
Prompt 2: Use Details! More importantly in the recollection process when writing down your ideas, you should be as detailed as possible when writing your ideas into words. Describe every little aspect of the thought that you can remember, from the sounds you heard, the colors around you, and exactly what the thought was about.
There's nothing like writing down an idea and then forgetting some of the specific details of the thought such as the particulars about a scene such as the weather, if it is night or day, and if it happened in the woods or in a car. Maybe some of a character's features such as height, weight, build, hair color, eye color, skin color, and attitudes can be captured as well.
Plot distinctiveness or the who, what, where, when, why and how of the plot is a must. What exact action is happening or any key elements of the idea help a great deal as well. Be sure to also write down what you were doing at the time the idea came to you.
The importance of writing down what you were doing can't be stressed enough. This is so you can recall the situation you were in when this thought came to you to possibly extract even more details from your subconscious mind during the writing process. Just think back to that time and place and what you were doing to recall additional details while you are writing.
Prompt 3: Don't Lose Your Creative Writing Ideas! If you write something down, you must put it somewhere special with all of your other writing ideas. Creative writing ideas are hard to come by. You should always organize your ideas with all of your writing information separate from everything else. Keep everything where you can find it easily and will see it every day, such as a box, plastic container, or chest.
I know this is very difficult at times since creative people are disorganized by nature. I am very disorganized with everything except my writing. For some reason I keep all of my writing ideas in their own place and I haven't lost too many thoughts in 30 years.
One suggestion is to treat your writing as if you are running a business (even if you don't know how to run a business, common sense applies) and keep everything dealing with your writing separate from everything personal.
Prompt 4: Get to Work Developing Your Ideas as Soon as Possible! Don't let your creative writing ideas sit in a box for a year before you pull it out to write about it. The longer your idea sits idle, the harder it will be to make the idea come to life.
Hook up those jumper cables within a day or two (the sooner the better) and start writing while the idea is fresh in your mind. Writing down your idea helps considerably, but starting to write about the idea while it is fresh in your mind will enable you to produce a better work of fiction. The longer it sits, the more details are left out that you must struggle to build later.
Prompt 5: Brainstorm Your Idea! Once you have some ideas down on paper, brainstorming ideas will help you fully develop them into actual stories by providing you with random information such as potential titles, characters, settings, plots, and themes for stories. Brainstorming is great for generating direction with your ideas if your mind is running blank.
Prompt 6: Arrange Your Brainstorming Results! Take all of the brainstorming information you've gathered and organize it using a Mind Map. Check out The Brain if you don't know what a mind map is or how to use one.
The home or center of the mind map will be your concept word or phrase you used to brainstorm with. As you organize this information around that core phrase, new ideas should pop into your head right away. Write those ideas down as well, otherwise you will forget them.
Prompt 7: Start Writing Immediately! This time, don't stop (well, except to do your normal everyday routine)! Write continuously until you either reach a good stopping point or can't think of anything else to write about for that idea or topic.
If you ever run out of good ideas for books, or can't come up with anything else to add to your content (this happens way to often too), creative writing ideas can be expanded into new idea generation! If your ideas run dry, this is a great place to get them going again.
The preceding steps should help you grasp the ideas your subconscious mind gives you at any given moment. Use those prompts to assemble your next Best Selling fiction novel!
Don't lose any of your ideas because you weren't ready for them to pop into your head. Keep a pen, paper, or portable recording device handy and have it ready at all times. You never know when that new idea will pop into your head.