- Look through the front section of your morning newspaper. Find three articles that contain possibilities for novels. Take the original idea, apply the “what if” strategy, and expand them into one page ideas for a novel.
- Take one of your favorite novels and reset it in modern times and in your own town. For example, if you adore Gone with the Wind, you might take a young, spoiled rich girl and have her lover sent away to fight the Gulf War.
- Write a 500-word summary of a book you read recently. What worked for you? What didn’t work? What would you change? From now on, read like a writer and study published novels to identify what the authors did right (and wrong).
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