When sitting down to start a new short story or novel creation of mine, sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for your next venture. I have read writing magazines that state you can look to your local news and magazines to get some story ideas. In the last few months, there has been lots to talk about in the news and media so finding ideas for your next story shouldn’t be too hard.
I also like to look to my own personal past and current experiences to get a story idea together, with a little twist towards my favourite genres (just don’t use the names of real people).
I also like to get my ideas from websites, publishers and ebook publishers to get some something together. For example, if a publisher (print or ebook) is looking for a story in a particular genre and you are given the storyline, sometimes that jogs a story idea together. When you scour websites looking for writing material, you will be told what storyline is requested and popular at the time.
Sites like Ellora’s Cave Publishing, http://www.ellorascave.com, under their tab “Write For Us” near the bottom of their website, they ask for submissions. They let you know details such as length, deadline, details of the type of heros and heroines they are looking for.
Entangled in Romance, http://www.entangledinromance.com/category/call-for-submissions/, has a list of material they are looking for which is posted on their website. They have sections such as zombie fairy tales, house of horrors, steaming romance, titan stories, valentine’s stories and more.
Riptide Publishing, http://www.riptidepublishing.com/call-for-submissions, ask for submissions and give you guidelines of what they are looking for in their stories.
If you have a block or trying to come up with ideas for your next story, just check out e-book and print publishers as well as websites who are looking for stories and novellas.
You can also google “call for submissions” or “writer’s guidelines” and you will get links. Don’t forget to check out the reputation of the site and do research on what kind of rights you have as a writer.
There is a plethora of ideas that can stir up in your mind when you know what material publishers and literature sites are looking for. Also, in the meantime, you can also get a list of people you can submit your work to when you are completed.