How can I think up ideas for a book and complete it?

United States
August 20, 2011 10:37pm CST
I have a bunch of passing ideas but I need to pick one that I can write a lot about. Problem is when I do have an idea I have no idea how to draw it out so I just give up. My ideas are probably not even readable either. What would be a good thing to do to get ideas and finish writing them?
3 responses
@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
21 Aug 11
I read a lot of articles, and a very recurring theme when it comes to writing, is just do it, don't worry about how good it is for the first bit, just start, and don't stop till it is done, put it up for a week or two, and then read it, make any adjustments you feel are necessary, then send it to a supportive person to read over, and go from there. The key point though, is just do it. It is 90% of the battle.
• Philippines
21 Aug 11
I think you have to learn how to write first. There are a lot of words that you can use to describe what's happening. Take this: "The wind whispers to her ears." This is a basic idea of what's happening. You can add a bunch of words to simulate the reader's senses such as... "The calm wind whispers to her soft ears." These words are called adjectives, which are used to describe nouns. Now, you can add stimulate the reader's senses much further by adding adverbs. Take this... "The calm wind patiently whispers to her soft ears." Now here is a well written sentence that describes what's happening in the scene. There are a lot of resources on the net that you can make use of for free, I suggest you take advantage of them.
@scheng1 (24741)
• Singapore
21 Aug 11
Hi Babytaffster, many crime writers attend a sensational court case, and then use it as a guide for their novel. The first novel of John Grisham, A time to Kill, started off after he attended a court case, and then he thought about it. Mary Higgins Clark also attends the murder trials regularly to pick up ideas. You need more than ideas for a novel. You have to base your characters on real persons, and real events, to make it believable. The best thing is that you can change an ending.