The greatest books, to me anyway, succeeded because they had the greatest ideas, and that’s the seed that grows a story. All you have to do from there is plant it and water it and let it have sunlight, and you’ve got a story. Right?
That’s what I thought at first, which is partially true.
One of my favorite quotes is by Neil Gaiman, “This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and put one word after another until its done. It’s that easy, and that hard.”
Seriously, if you don’t have an idea that you are truly in love with, an idea that you want to be a story enough that you could become (minorly clinically) obsessed with, then this is how to get one. If you aren’t willing to put out however long it will take you to write your story, then you aren’t committed enough, but don’t worry, because that comes later. If you want it enough, you can get it. This, to me, is the best part of writing.
This is usually where my mind strikes out, where I have to actually come up with something to write about, but there are a few ways to come up with a good story.
I came up with the idea for my book, the one that is still in the editing stage, in the middle of class last year. I got it easy, I think, because it just came to me and I had it, but the other stories I’ve written? It takes some thought.