Search
  • anthony izzo

For Writers: How to Get Story Ideas

Sometimes finding a story idea can be as simple as looking at an image and asking a few questions. I purchased a bunch of stock art to make book covers last year. One of the images depicted a crow with a dark, moody background.


After thinking it over, I came up with a title: Season of Crows. At this point, I had no idea what a "Season of Crows" was, or what it meant. I decided the crows in my story would be harbingers of bad things. Maybe they coincided with the appearance of an evil entity. An evil entity that returned to haunt a town every so often. The locals in the story would believe the crows were tied to bad things happening. Certain characters would come across the entity, or perhaps had a history with the creature.


I had to flesh out my evil entity and some characters. I also came up with a fictional town and worked out its history, and some of the bad guys in the book. From there, I started writing, stopping to flesh out more of the story as I went (I don't outline beyond making some basic story notes). This eventually ended up as a 55,000-word novel.


If your stuck for an idea, pick an image that's striking and ask yourself questions. There might be a story hiding in there.







4 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Our senior dog decided it was a good idea to start barking before six a.m. this morning. After getting up with her, feeding her, and letting her out, I got in a workout. Sat down and did 1,000 words o

I started on a new book this week. It'll be a Sasquatch book. I've been toying with the idea of writing about the big guy for a while. The movie The Legend of Boggy Creek, which features the fabled Fo

I'm between books right now. I have a novella on submission and another novella waiting to be edited. For the first time in a while, I don't have an idea ready for my next book. That's okay. Ideas are