Inspiration, But No Ideas

In the wake of NaNoWriMo, I’m finding myself oddly inspired. The problem with this is that although I do have the urge to write something different, with new characters and a new setting, I have no ideas about where to begin. A lot of this is stemming from my own fear and hesitation; you know, the usual stuff: I don’t have the life experience to write about what I “don’t know,” I’m going to repeat themes and re-use stuff from stories I’ve already written, my characters are going to be too similar to real-life people… the usual first-world writer problems.

I do know that I want to write something with a relatively simple plot. Something that’s been done to death a million times, but because it’s been done a million times, I want to write about it too, just to see what I could bring to it or how I could make it different.

Also, I want to write something for others. My main series of stories is not going to be shared online because I still think I might publish it one day, and I miss posting stuff to sites like FictionPress and amusing (or offending) people with what I write.

This idea (or lack of an idea) may never come to fruition, but the more I play with it in my mind, the more my subconscious/unconscious will work on it. So I might eventually come up with something more concrete.

7 thoughts on “Inspiration, But No Ideas

  1. “I do know that I want to write something with a relatively simple plot. Something that’s been done to death a million times…”

    I think this is a really good thing to do. Many writers, when starting out, want to write something that’s never been written before, something completely new and original. That’s very difficult to do, and doesn’t have much to do with what people want to read. But, taking a familiar form or story and doing something new with it — that’s when things can get reallty entertaining.

    It worked prety well for Shakespeare. 🙂

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