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Is your idea original (and does it really matter)?

What’s the most important part of writing an awesome book? Thinking of an original idea. No one wants to read the same book over and over again. That’s why books such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are so popular. They’re original concepts that haven’t been written about before, which leaves the reader wanting to know what happens next. How can you think of your very own original idea for your story? Here’s how to write the coolest book ever.  

 

Brainstorm story ideas that could actually happen

Think about things that could happen to anyone. For example, going to a new school, moving to a new town, going on vacation, basically anything that could happen in everyday life.

 

Think of things that probably wouldn’t happen

This is where your creativity comes into place. Think of some crazy things that don’t just happen every day. They could be things that are completely ridiculous, or things that MIGHT happen, but probably wouldn’t.

 

Combine one of your realistic ideas with one of your fantasy ones

Pick out your favorite realistic idea, and find a way to incorporate your crazy made-up idea into it. For example, your story idea could be about a girl who transfers to a new school, but its not just any school, it’s a school for celebrities only. Anything you can think of.

 

If you follow these three steps, you’re bound to think of an awesome idea that no one has done before. Remember, it’s YOUR story, so you can write about whatever you want.

published October 15, 2013
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