High 10 Novel Concepts to Write a Greatest Vendor

You want to write, but when you sit down to get started you realize that you have no new idea. Or maybe you have so many that you have a hard time choosing the best novel idea. Or maybe you already have a new idea but aren't sure it's a good thing. Don't worry, that's what we're here for.

Below are ten questions to help you find your best novel idea. Use them as a prompt or as a means to improve your current idea.

Don't let the blank page win. Write your book today using these book ideas!

Make your best novel idea better

If you're like me, you don't want to just write a book. You want to write a really great book, hopefully a book that gets published and maybe even becomes a best seller.

Over the past decade, I've learned teaching writers that the first step in writing a great book is to come up with a really great novel idea.

The best novel idea doesn't just come from a moment of inspiration. It may start out like this, but you also have to do the hard work to process, develop, and refine this idea.

These ten novel ideas below will help you develop the ideas you already have into a solid plan for your novel. You can also use it as a command prompt to start your novel.

Here are the ten new ideas (you can also download them here for free):

  1. PLACE YOUR STORY IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS. Of the nine Most sold Novels of all time, all nine set in two different worlds. Think Harry Potter's Muggles versus Wizarding World. Or A Tale of Two Cities & # 39; stable London and revolutionary Paris.
  2. What scars does your character have? We all have scars. To be a writer, Stephen King says, "The only requirement is the ability to remember every scar." Tap your own scars to unlock the scars in your characters.
  3. WHO DIES? Good writers do not turn away from death, which is ultimately the universal human experience. Instead, they look it right into its dark face and describe what they see on the page.
  4. Make your main character an orphan. Think for a moment about all the great stories about orphans in literature and film. Orphans are uniquely at risk and therefore have the greatest potential for growth.
  5. YOUR CHARACTER SEES A GHOST. What do Edgar Allen Poe, Ron Weasley, King Saul of the Bible, Odysseus and Ebenezer Scrooge have in common? They all saw ghosts! Everyone wonders about life after death. Have fun with it!
  6. WHAT IS YOUR CHARACTER MOST? Your character's greatest fear is your story's secret weapon. Don't run away Write about it.
  7. YOUR CHARACTER IS IN UNEXPECTED HAPPINESS. HOW DOES IT CHANGE HIS OR YOUR LIFE? Not all wealth is good. Sometimes discovering a fortune destroys you.
  8. YOUR CHARACTER RISES INTO HIS SOUL (literally clinking glasses). In the film, this is referred to as "Meet Cute" when the heroine bumps into the heroine in the hallway, throws her books on the floor and forces her to talk.
  9. YOUR CHARACTER BEGINS A JOURNEY. Will this trip be interrupted by a disaster? Who hasn't longed to get to a destination only to be delayed by something unexpected? This is the act of gravity, the Odyssey, and even the Lord of the Rings.
  10. MONSTER. Monsters, whether people doing monstrous things or scaly beasts or natural disasters, always reveal what's inside a person. Drop your character in a monster's path and see how he treats himself.

Would you like to download a free guide to novel ideas? You can download these ten novel ideas for free here.

90 new ideas for every genre

Do you need more new ideas? Here are ideas based on the literary genre you are writing:

20 ideas for mysterious stories

Enjoy a good detective novel? (Personally, Inspector Gamache is my favorite.) If you like mysteries and want to write one, you will love these mysterious novel ideas

My favorite: "Have you ever heard the sentence:" It's not who fired the shot, but who paid for the bullet? "This is a philosophy that Tomoe Gozen lives by. Tomoe bravely and cleverly follows the clues until she finds out who ordered the murder: Emperor Antoku himself. But why should the Emperor of Japan want to kill a lowly soldier?"

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20 new sci-fi ideas

These science fiction story ideas are a great way to get rid of your inner nerd, from the minimum wage time traveler in search of ancient artifacts to space-exploring sentient dinosaurs.

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20 fantasy novel ideas

Inconvenient wedding preparation between magically swinging family members and those who are more on the Muggle side? A Prince Charming who decides to give up his responsibilities as a street musician? Bored teenage magicians throwing a graduation party?

Just try not to have fun writing (or even just reading!) These fantasy novel ideas.

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10 new thriller ideas

A thriller is traditionally a crime thriller horror story, but today the thriller freely plunges into other genres. In other words, expect the unexpected!

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20 romantic novel ideas

Tip: When it comes to romance, a sense of humor is always a good idea. Have fun!

Here's one of my favorites from that list: "She's a cop. He's the owner of a jewelry store. A sudden rash of break-ins brings her back into his business over and over until it becomes clear he is deliberately setting off the alarm – only to kill." to see her. It's illegal – but she falls in love with him too. Write the moment when she realizes she has to do something about this crazy illegal advertisement. "

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But wait … how do you actually finish a novel?

Because it's not enough to have an idea, right. You have to finish your novel too!

In our 100-day book program, I guide authors through a proven process to complete their novels. We have helped thousands of writers turn their idea into a finished book, often for the first time.

I've learned that there really are a number of steps to ensure that you are actually done. Here is the process:

  1. Build a team. If you really want to finish your book idea, don't make the mistake of doing everything yourself. Get a writing group. Find a writing class. Hire an editor to walk you through the process. Whatever you do, don't try to write a book yourself. This is a great way to never finish!
  2. Put a consequence. Set a deadline by which you want to finish your book (I recommend getting your first draft within 100 days), then set a consequence if you don't meet your deadline. Choose something painful. For example, for my latest book, I wrote a check for $ 1,000 to the presidential candidate I really didn't want to win, gave it to a clerk, and told her to send it if I missed my deadline. I've never been so focused!
  3. Make a plan. Think through every step of the writing process, from the initial idea to the daily writing amount, to the editing and even publishing process. A good book plan is more than just an overview. Learn how to write a book plan and get our free book plan worksheet here.
  4. Write! Now that you've laid a strong foundation, it's time to write! When you have a team, a difficult consequence, and a plan, you will find that you are focused, prepared, and ready to get your book done!
  5. Do not stop. Most people want to write a book, but most people give up. Whatever you do, when you start, don't stop writing (even if you have a new, better book idea). If you keep writing and continue to trust the process, you will end your book. Well, it might not be a very good book, but that's what second drafts are for!

Would you like to learn more about this process? Or even take part in the 100-day book program? Here is our ultimate guide to writing a novel guide. And read the 100-day book here.

My greatest encouragement is: don't get discouraged or get too excited. Finishing a novel doesn't depend on emotions. It's based on a good process.

You can finish a novel if you follow the writing process (sorry, I had to).

It's time to finish your novel idea

Do you need to use all of the above ideas in your novel? Of course not! But one or more of them could help you get a clue of a novel idea and make it the basis of an amazing story.

Once you have your novel idea, your team, your consistency and your plan, there is only one thing left: Write.


The key to writing an amazing novel: Pick a great novel idea. Then don't stop writing until the novel is finished.

Don't save your best idea for later. Write it now.

Don't try to write a perfect story. Just write.

Don't write your story down halfway. Ask your team for assistance, remind yourself of your consequences and reconsider your plan – then move on.

And soon you will turn your amazing novel idea into a finished novel!

What do you consider when developing your novel ideas? Let us know in the comments.


Given these ten ideas, think of your novel idea. Don't you have a new idea? Use one or more of the prompts to develop one.

Then write your idea in one to three sentences. Take fifteen minutes to develop your idea, then share your sentences in the comments below.

Be sure to leave feedback for your note-takers! What book ideas are you interested in reading?

Joe Bunting

Joe BuntingJoe Bunting is a writer and leader of The Write Practice Community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real adventure story in France. It was a # 1 new release on Amazon. You can follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).