I really want to start writing my first original story but I have no idea where to start! I’ve written lots of fanfiction stories because it’s easier when you already have a starting point and characters to work off of; but I’m ready to start something completely from scratch. Where do I start?
First, good on you! The leap from fan fiction to original work can be a daunting one.
Second, where to start. Any story begins with an idea. Just the one; that really is all you need to kick things off. It might be a character idea, or just a character’s name, a setting, a single plot idea.
One really good place to start with this is prompts. Here are a few Tumblr blogs that post regular writing prompts:
There are many more; search the tags for ‘writing prompts’. There are other great ways to find inspiration too. Try visiting Flickr and exploring ‘recent photos’, see if anything sparks off an idea. Visit Wikipedia and pull up a random article. Visit coffee shops and eavesdrop on conversations. Visit a junk shop and find an interesting object; think about the person who might have owned it.
Try using a Character Chart to build up an understanding of who your characters are.
And start small. you don’t need to jump straight into writing a novel. Try writing flash fiction, or just individual scenes.
Hope all that helps. Good luck!
(Bellini Cafe Wallflowers Fragrance Bulb. Bath & Body Works.)
Bath & Body Works is a nose murderhouse. The pure sweet torture delivered by the assault of scents is just heavenly, and it is one of my favorite places to be. Recently they have a new product in the wallflower and scented candle (or even more!) section called “Bellini Café.”
First thing’s first: What is a Bellini?
Well, a Bellini is a cocktail that is made from peach puree and sparkling wine. It is also the last name of a famous Italian composer, Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (this is what happens when you have a friend who’s a music major. You know stuff).
Its former product, “Peach Bellini,” was a huge hit amongst my friends (honestly, I prefer “Island Margarita,” but none of my friends loved this scent as much as “Peach Bellini”). I am expecting this one to sell out just as quickly.
For those of you who can’t resist scents with a hint of sweetness, “Bellini Café” is your target.
Of course, Bath & Body Works have other awesomescents available (like “Island Margarita”). Go check them out, and let your nose take its first step on the stairway to Heaven.
I can vouch for this. And Island Margarita too *nodnod*