As much as we’d all like to say, “Uh, yeah, I always have ideas for stories.” You and I both know that’s not always true. Sometimes inspiration strikes and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes your characters are talking to you and sometimes they’re not. So, how do you get new story ideas when you feel like your story idea well has dried up?
That’s right read a few books, short stories or novellas. Take time away from writing and help to feed your muse by reading. After all, who hasn’t read a storyline and thought, “I could do better than that”? We all have. Now keep in mind I’m not suggesting you steal the other author’s idea, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a concept another author used and turning it upside down for your own story. For example, you read a story about a dragon shifter and a human that fall in love even if forbidden to, and all the obstacles to their happy ending that happen during the story. You could write a story about an alien prince who is also a shifter who just happens to shift into not an earth animal, but an extraterrestrial type …