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Good Story Topics

You're wondering what to write a story about. You're confused, you're disgruntled, and you've probably got writer's block encroaching.

Truth is, it's not that difficult to think up some good story ideas. Actually, it's pretty easy.

The other day I found a story idea generator which came up with ideas for you. After some investigation, I figured out the trick behind the generator, and have been cranking out good ideas ever since.

Want to hear some of the stuff I've come up with? Here:

The story starts with a monster hiding in a closet.

Another character just bought a can of super-powerful bug spray.

Another:

The story starts with a baker searching desperately for a missing ingredient.

Another character is a pawn shop broker.

Another:

The story starts with flowers wilting under snow.

Another character is investigating a mysterious occurrence in the countryside.

And a last:

The story starts with someone being kept awake by a hammering noise.

Another character is an iPod junkie.

Have you figured out the formula yet? It's pretty easy, isn't it?

The story starts with this character doing that, and another character is so-and-so description. That's it!

With this formula you can come up with many good story topics very easily. The trick, of course, is following through on those ideas.

I've noticed that, at least for me, the stories I've generated that include more conflict tend to intrigue and entice me the most, which makes sense considering all stories are, essentially, about conflict. Therefore, try to come up with ideas involving deep or engaging conflicts; those are the ones worth writing.

Let's have another go, shall we?

The story starts with a young man getting accidentally shot to death.

Another character is a gang member whose gun was stolen recently.

The story starts when a wife catches her husband at dinner with a mysterious woman.

Another character is stalking that wife.

The story starts with a company running out of business.

Another character has discovered the secret to making lots of money overnight.

...And the list goes on. I could literally do that all day!

In case that's not enough, How to Write Stories is a website featuring numerous additional story ideas -- most in much more detail -- as well as a brainstorm section for anyone interested. There's no other resource like it anywhere else on the net. Story topics are organized, and you get additional advice on how to craft your work into a masterpiece (in 3 steps, no less), come up with character names and book titles, and more.

Hopefully, you'll have no more trouble with all future brainstorming endeavors. Good luck, writer!


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Love this article and the method used, it is quite creative; looking forward for more in the future.

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