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How to get Creative Ideas for Your Novel - A beginner's guide.

Stuck in a rut with your novel or creative writing? Has it been left unfinished because you ran out of ideas? Is your muse gone?

Here is a few thoughts as to how to get your ideas back, maybe some fresh new thoughts for you.

Have you thought of the following to include in your writing?

Recent places you have visited
Recent people you have met
Art work  you have seen recently
Perhaps you were watching tv and you saw an interesting character there on an add.
Try stopping and doing other types of art work, give it a rest
Try joining a new group or social situation, writing about this
Modify recent dreams to include or write about
Start an ideas journal or start simple poetry for ideas
Google is your friend
Free write - just write and write - see what develops on the page.

Here is some stellar examples from my current novel as to how I used unlikely ideas and dreams to include in my current novel.

You wake up shocked - you just had a nightmare. It was so disgusting, it has stuck with you for hours. Wonderful news - something new for your novel - but how to fit it in?

In a recent chapter I have just written, towards the end of my book, I have used a modified dream. The dream consisted of nightmare with skulls. I woke up from the dream shaken, kept the idea in the back of my mind and few days later knew I had to include this nightmare somehow in my novel. The dream was not going away. I added in features and locations not in the dream as I started writing it - but the central idea of the skulls was finally included. I added in characters, truckers and a quarry. I added in a new hitchhiker (extending on the trucker idea) and included this simple nightmare with the skulls into my novel. It is more realistic because of the dream. It was unlikely I would have written this particular chapter without this dream.  Maybe a dream that you have had recently, can help you expand your novel into directions you have not thought of?

For a poem I had, I was driving along a main road, coming home daily from work, and would drive past a sign with large wording of an estate close by. The sign was large and italic, clearly in view each day. I would drive past every day going "how can I use this sign in my writing"? For weeks, I sat there, viewing the italic sign, it had white in the background with green letters. Finally I wrote a poem, with the sign name in it - the estate name had a river in the title (the estate located near a river) and I expanded this idea onto the poem, discussing the river.

Take those little ideas from your life - what you see and run with it. Seek inspiration in every day things, a fan circulating, a curtain rustling, a trip to the local shops - expand this into an idea.

"But my life is not amazing" you say - who would want to read about me going down to a shop? The idea is to use the shop idea to move your novel along - maybe your new character is survival expert - your simple trip to the shop could be the characters long journey to the mountains. The main road, a path for him to choose, turning the corner for you - could be a decision he has to make. A round about.... could be something he gets caught on - an idea or concept. Use these thoughts to help you along as you carry out your daily life. Think what can be made as a simple concept from your life into your book.

Good luck on your new idea!!!.

Got more ideas for aspiring novel writers out there - leave a comment below?

Happy Novel Writing

Tina White is a published writer, living in Australia and currently writing her third novel, editing more and enjoying writing books thoroughly. Her bio and upcoming chapters, novel thoughts and ideas can be found on her DA profile at

Read all about one of those characters and a sample chapter "He Made Me Smile"  below and a few quotes from Evan, the main character in her third book. Also included "How to Write a Novel" - A beginners guide.

Novel Character Development - A beginner's guideYou have sat down to write your masterpiece, thoughts on the plot and start have come to mind,
you have made serious plans, perhaps taken time off of work and duties, to create your novel or epic series.
Here I will discuss how I develop characters for my three novels, using the character from my
third instalment "Evan" as an example of idea and thoughts. Using "Evan" to show how my main character was determined, and how you may introduce and determine your own character in your fictional novel or story.
First of all have thoughts about "Who is your character, what does your character value and what type of personality do
they have"
Are they friendly, outgoing, quiet, introverted, perhaps confronting? Do they have particular physical characteristics that you may wish to convey to your audience that adds to their personality? What makes them appealling to continue reading about?
Will you say their name, or will they be a "throw away character" - there to develop your plot, and then disa

Text - He Made Me Smile Sample ChapterHe was like a large teddy bear, all wrapped up in Christmas paper for you. Just when you thought no one cared in the world – there he appeared bounding happy and caring, a gentleman to you.
And he sat there and said such wonderful things  - how smart you were and  "hey look at this" and you could almost guess what his family makeup was. He had a brother for sure, but no sisters. You could tell by his confidence and his smile that it was internally happy. Just everything about him was happiness and deep caring. And you deeply cared back.
You could get lost in his ways – how he worried about you and cared for you and wanted to be there for you in your dire moments.
And you sat there and whispered to him things that you should not really say, softly into his ear, because hey – you had both come from the same background anyway.
20 years of the same stuff it seemed, and jointly between you was a smile and a deep caring that only you two would know.
And you knew instantly,  ev

How to Write a Novel - a beginner's guideI am often asked - how do you write novels? I am often told by the person asking - so politely -
                                        "It is my dream to write a novel"
                                        "I wish I could write"
                                        "I would love to write my novel on ..."
I let people know I am on my third novel. It is rare to meet a writer, rarely someone who has realised their dream, and who has produced a book. Rarer still to find a published author --- why? it seems so easy.....when you read them.
Many try the

Introducing Evan - An InterviewEvan and his thoughts.
Even reading it back and editing......I laugh.
"It was the hard nights and liquor, the women and the sex that had taken over his nights now"
"His certificate was there, proving beyond a doubt he knew what he was talking about"
"And he knew from within his tormented soul. This is why he went to college and did what he did. This was it and he darn well better not fuck it up"
An Interview with Evan – My Main Character.
Welcome to our interview, with Evan, starring character in Book 3, Tina White.
"Evan Welcome"
"Hi, we have to make this quick you know"
"Ok Evan – tell us a little about yourself as a character"
"Why do you want to know that?"
"Ah—why not"
"It is a personal question – I was wondering why you were asking that"
"It's an interview"
"Mmmmm – I did not get that bulletin"
"Ok, Evan – what are your hobbies and thoughts"
"Look I care about you, you know and this interview process – I did years of schooling and such – I'm not so sure this interview is for me"

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crazy-aika Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true and helpfull n_n!
And also listen always new songs, artist and genres helps a lot of. Often i get the ideas of songs that only has instruments or in a language i don't understand because the lyrics don't "force" me to put it in that situation, you can create it n.n
Black-Sweater Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooohh...use full tutorials...OwO
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