Welcome to How to Keep Writing Wednesdays, where you'll find a boost of encouragement to help you keep the words flowing.

Borrow From the Basics

Struggling to come up with an idea for a novel? Borrow a page from the ever-present holiday fruitcake and seek inspiration from an age-old story. Choose from one of these seven original plot lines and see what happens. Why not draw from epics like The Odyssey and write about a cross-country roadtrip (voyage and return)? Or plot a sci-fi thriller that takes place in your hometown (overcoming the monster)? What about a honeymoon gone bad (tragedy) or a heroine abandoned by her cruise ship (comedy)? Or the down-on-his-luck hero who wins big on a game show (rags to riches)? 

The bottom line: it’s not so much what you write about, but how you write about it. There’s room for everyone to find their own expression of the same old story and make it into something new.