© 2003 by Robyn Amos
This article may not be reprinted or distributed without
the author's permission.
The single most common
question writers are asked is, "where do you get your
ideas?" Even though most of us are inspired with a
particular idea when we begin to write, sometimes the process
can stall. If you need to find a new motivation for your
characters or a new twist for your plot, some of these unique
Internet links may stimulate your creativity.
FACADE — They offer free readings using Tarot, Runes,
the I Ching, and Biorhythms and other fortune telling methods
online. Just type in a question about your character or
your plot and see what turns up.
ASTROLOGY ZONE: MATCHMAKER BY SIGN —To
use Matchmaker by Sign, choose your heroine's sign and then
your hero's to pair it with. You'll receive a detailed analysis
of how all the elements of your characters' horoscopes interact
and influence this pairing. You can see what things they
have in common and what things could be problem spots at
first or later down the line (Great for plotting conflicts).
You can discover how all areas of the relationship can go,
from working together in a professional setting, to their
BIOWEB — Find out what biorhythms really are, use the site's
applet to plot your character's bio-cycles and their compatibility.
Features a free biorhythm application to download.
VOICE OF THE WOODS — The Ogham form an
ancient Celtic alphabet, based on trees and used for inscriptions
on monuments and for the organization of knowledge. Think
of your plot or character question and type it into the
text box below, then click the "Consult the Ogham" button.
Three trees will be chosen — one each for the Past,
the Present and the Future — and information about
each will be displayed. (This one may not give you anything
useful, but it's an interesting site)
& LOVERS RELATIONSHIP MAGAZINE — ARTICLES — Read relationship articles about the topics your
characters are dealing with. Is your heroine wondering where
to meet people? Read "How & Where to Meet People". Does
your hero need dating advice? Read "What Women Really Want
From A Man". Get a new perspective on everything from "How
to Break Up with A Woman" to what to do when your characters
are "Suddenly Single".
OF THE WEIRD — A
weekly syndicated column by Chuck Shepherd containing
synopses of bizarre news stories reported in various sources
and is carried in over 200 newspapers. Sometimes it takes
something a little off-beat to spice up a dull plot.
NEWS SITES — This
list of sites may have some interesting tales to spark
PEOPLE — Mine these real anecdotes
for a silly incident or a colorful secondary character
to add a spark to your storyline.
JOBS — Check
out this list of interesting occupations. A fascination
career can help your story become a page-turner.
JOBS — These funny or weird
stories of jobs others have had may inspire something
offbeat for your characters to do.