9 Quick Fixes For Short Story Writers Who Run Out Of Ideas

9 Quick Fixes For Short Story Writers Who Run Out Of Ideas

Are you struggling to write a short story? This post includes 9 quick fixes for short story writers who run out of ideas.

Short Story Africa Day is on 21 June each year! It is the shortest day in the southern hemisphere. To celebrate, we’re sharing ways to find ideas for your stories.

If you are a short story writer and you’ve run out of ideas, try one of these.

9 Quick Fixes For Short Story Writers

1.  Find Out What Lies Behind The Lyrics

Choose a date. What song was number one on that day? Do some research about the song. Who wrote it? Why did they write it? Who inspired it? Use what you find out as inspiration for your short story.

2.  Use A Writing Prompt

Sign up for a daily writing prompt. Buy a prompt book. Follow people who share them on social media. ‘A prompt can be anything. A word, a line from a poem or a song, a name or even a picture. Anything that gets you writing. Find ones you enjoy.’ (via) Your daily prompt could inspire your short story.

3.  Rewrite A Fairy Tale

Take a fairy tale and write it as a modern day story. Change the sexes of the main characters. Choose a random setting. If the tale is too long for a short story, write the beginning or ending as your short story.

4.  Rewrite A Myth

A myth is an ancient story involving supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes. It is used to explain aspects of the natural world or to show the psychology, customs, or ideals of a society. Examples: The Myth of Creation, Arthur and Camelot, The Rain Queen. Write a myth using one of our 20 Myth Prompts as a short story.

5.  Obsess Over Details

Find one thing that interests you. Keep a file and save these items in it. It can be in a photograph or something you’ve heard. Research it and use it as inspiration for a story. Use this random first line generator to start your story.

6.  Hashtags On Instagram

Choose a topic that interests you. Visit Instagram and click on a hashtag related to the topic. Look at the posts and choose an image that inspires a story. Use this ‘What if?’ generator to enhance your scenario.

7.  Ask Your Followers

If you have a social media following, ask your fans what they want you to write about. Create a poll of some of the ideas you get and write about the one that gets the most votes. Use easypolls or pollcode or pollmaker. Use the embed code to share it on your blog or link it to your social media platform.

8.  Use A Holiday

Which public holiday is next on the calendar. Write a short story about someone who is planning for this holiday, or a story that centres around the holiday in some way.

9.  Write About The Day Your Parents Met

Rewrite the story of your parent’s first meeting. Write it from the perspective of a stranger watching them. Change names, swap the sexes of the characters, change the setting. Go!

Resources For Short Story Writers:

  1. How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories – Workbook
  2. The Short Story Checklist – Workbook
  3. Short Cuts – Course

 by Amanda Patterson

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  3. The Most Important Quality Modern Authors Need To Cultivate

Top Tip: Buy The Short Story Checklist Workbook and the How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories Workbook.

Posted on: 21st June 2018