How to Come Up With Great Story Ideas

Saying that books can take you anywhere is an understatement. Books are truly the number one tool in every parenting arsenal. There are books for everything, including starting a conversation with your kids about a very sensitive topic. Children’s book authors are pushing towards a more diverse children’s literature, touching on important and relevant themes. Children’s books are more than fairytales and picture books. They have the potential to open a child’s eyes, mind, and heart, and dive into worlds unknown, soon uncovering the wonders life brings. Young readers can begin to understand important lessons about kindness, honesty, and anything and everything. Not only does a children’s book broaden a child’s views but also their ambition.

With all these expectations falling heavy on your shoulders, you’ll want nothing but to create an amazing work that will check all those mentioned prior. And the first step to meeting these expectations is to come up with a great story idea. There’s no doubt that ideation is the most exciting part of the writing process. For some lucky people, story ideas flow like water from a fountain. And as for the rest, however, are stuck on the blank page. Coming up with what to write can be frustrating, as the desire to write clashes with the uncertainty surrounding where to begin. 

Creativity comes from all sources, but if you’re setting out to write your book for the first time, you need to figure out the best story idea that everyone will remember. Although there are great ideas lodged somewhere in your brain, getting them out and on paper can be tricky. Luckily for you, here are some tips to release your inner Shakespeare and develop a fantastic idea. 

Draw on Moments from Your Own Life

Inspiration lives within you. It’s something you can call upon, and it’s something you can create. Notice how many great children’s books are modeled after real life. You don’t need to write about your personal experiences themselves but draw from them to write a poignant children’s fiction story. Try to look back at your yesterday and make it the basis for a story. Moreover, take note of the characteristics of children’s stories: magical, imaginative, and dreamlike. Pick a significant moment in your life and then exaggerate to develop an exciting story. 

Author Caroleann Rice was inspired to write her book, The Song of Solomon, when she was gifted by her grandfather a snail for a pet when she was a young girl. As she recalls her life with this intriguing creature, she was able to come up with an amazing story idea following the inspiring life of Solomon Snail

Embrace the Bizarre

This may sound painfully obvious, but the more you embrace anything bizarre, the more you can draw a fresh and new idea. Some of the bestseller children’s books are those that seemed to be bizarre at first. The bizarre theme makes it a more interesting read for a child. Bear in mind that at their age, children are much more imaginative and creative. They enjoy dreaming and out of this world ideas. So, don’t be afraid of the peculiar and explore possibilities. 

Look Closely Into the World

Where can inspiration come from? The answer is easy— it is everywhere. Inspiration is all around you if you know where to look. Many of the best story ideas come at the most unexpected times: while watching a movie, eating, or driving a familiar route. In these moments, you are relaxed, calm, or even bored. And so, to entertain itself, your mind begins to wander and create ideas as you stare at the world. 

These moments, however exhilarating, are not easy to duplicate when you’re in need of inspiration. Keep a creative notebook with you always and write down not only what you observe but also conversations you are exposed to. 


The last tip and most common way to come up with a story idea is to read. This includes books, magazines, newspapers, or columns. Other publications are a treasure trove of ideas when it comes to news items. These range from the bizarre to the poignant items. Reading can inspire an array of story ideas that no author has written about. By actively seeking inspiration from what you’ve read, you can cultivate creative influences to inspire your work. 

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