For an author, ideas are the start of everything. You can have the skills to create characters, weave plots and build beautiful paragraphs, but if you don’t have an initial concept, there’s no book. Sometimes, coming up with ideas comes easy. You get a flash of inspiration, a spark, and boom — you have the makings of a book. However, sometimes it’s not so simple. Sometimes, the ideas just aren’t flowing and you need a way to stimulate your imagination.
For example, I looked medium length elven names and came up with Viusthasrian and Gilkiththres. Now we know how authors come up with unpronounceable names. 😉
Here are some online generators that you can use to jump-start the creative process:
A person with autism is non-neurotypical, meaning their brain works differently than other people. When I decided to write a book from the point of view of a character who is autistic, who’s brain doesn’t work the same as mine, I knew it would be a challenge. Aside from the research that I did before I began (and while I was writing), I was pushed to find a new way to approach my writing.
When I thought of the initial concept for Flying in a Cage, I started out by doing research. I read non-fiction books on autism, plus fiction books that feature characters with autism. I really enjoyed some of those books, including Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin, The Someday Birds by Sara J. Pla, and Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. I found that most of the fiction novels focused on people who have Asperger’s Syndrome (a high-functioning form of autism), which was not the direction I wanted to take.
One of the questions I hear a lot from young people who love to read and write is, “Can I get a book published even though I’m a teenager?” The answer is yes. It might not be easy, but yes, you can. There are authors who published books as teenagers, or even as a pre-teen.
Nancy Yi Fan (born August 26, 1993) is a Chinese American author who is best known for writing a series that currently consists of the novels Swordbird, Sword Quest, and Sword Mountain.
She published her first novel at the age of 13.