NaNoWriMo Prep – #2 – Story Ideas

IdeaDon’t have an idea yet for your NaNo novel?

Don’t worry. You still have time. But don’t wait too long. November 1st will be here before you know it.

Have you thought about basing your story on a proverb or a saying?

They’re perfect for coming up with plots and themes. Here are some that you can brainstorm for possible story ideas. The best way to go about this is to write down the ideas as fast as they come. I’ll provide  a few examples to get you started.

  • Look before you leap.
    • A story about someone who rushes into or makes snap judgments before considering the consequences.
  • He who hesitates is lost.
    • A man fails to ask the love of his life to marry him and she marries another.
  • The squeaking wheel gets the grease.
    • An overlooked employee notices that those who speak up tend to get the choice assignments. She decides to do so but winds up in over her head.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Paddle your own canoe.
  • Too many cooks spoil the broth.
  • You’re never too old to learn.
  • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. (This proverb contradicts the one above it. Imagine two characters but one believes the one above and the other this one).
  • Talk is cheap
  • It’s better to be safe than sorry
  • Nothing venture, nothing gained.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Nice guys finish last.
  • Hitch your wagon to a star.
  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
  • Misery loves company.
  • One good turn deserves another.
  • No good deed goes unpunished.
  • The race is not always to the swiftest
  • Sour grapes.
  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
  • Don’t put all your eggs into one basket.
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
  • A stich in time saves nine.

Here are some additional proverbs:

English Proverbs & Their Meanings – A virtual cornucopia of proverbs. The site gives you the proverb and it’s meaning. Here’s an example:

False friends are worse than open enemies. Meaning – It’s better to know who your real enemies are than trust someone who pretends to be a friend but is capable of stabbing you in the back.

I can imagine quite a few stories you could brainstorm off that particular proverb.

50 Most Important Proverbs