How to Generate New ideas and Improve Your Fiction Writing
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How to Generate New ideas and Improve Your Fiction Writing

A Beginner's Guide to Being Inspired, Motivated, and Productive
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Created by Rob Parnell
Last updated 6/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Always be inspired
  • Come up with original ideas instantly
  • Stay motivated till the project is done
  • Become a resolute goal acheiver
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  • * You need to be regularly inspired...
  • * You want to permanently rid yourself of writer's block
  • * You want to be a creative machine
  • * You want finish all the projects you start
  • * You want to feel good about being a full time artist/writer/creator

"Finally, Rob Parnell's Personal & Professional Guide to Staying Inspired, Motivated and "In The Zone" for Beginning New Works and Getting the Most out of All Your Creative Projects."

Topic: Getting Ideas and Inspiration, Staying Motivated and Being Super Productive

Level: Beginner & Intermediate

Duration: 5 hours approx

Delivery: Video, Text, PDF, Audio

LinkedIn Certificated: Yes

Now Available - The Ultimate Guide to Creative Success 

We all know the single-most posed question to artists and writers is, "Where do you get your ideas from?"

The question often baffles artists and writers because they have so many ideas, it's actually hard to know where they DON'T come from.

It's all about experience and MINDSET.

Do You Want The Professional MIndset?

The one where everything seems possible and ideas are flowing - and you're always inspired and motivated?

I'd be surprised if you said "no" to that!

The simple fact is that thinking like a full time creative artist is a learned skill. Usually it takes years of painstaking application to your craft. But not anymore - I have distilled down the essence of CREATIVITY and made it available to you - right now - in the form of this course.

This fun packed series of video lessons will take you though all the stages of creative thinking and give you a plethora of advice on how to stay INSPIRED, MOTIVATED and persistently CREATIVE - even when you wake up in the morning and don't feel like doing anything at all!

Here's a brief sampling of what you'll discover:

* How to come up with original ideas ON CUE

Learn a simple technique for teaching your mind to automatically perform like a genius.

* How to remain fresh and raring to go at any time

Take the pressure off yourself and relax into being focused and always motivated.

* How to permanently beat Writer's Block

Finally understand what professionals know about this persistent yet imaginary affliction.

* Understand the true nature of inspiration

Learn how to immediately harness the brain's equivalent of the runner's high.

* How to use Fan Fiction effectively

E L James did it, you can too. Use other people's stories to supercharge your talent.

* Use Dictionaries to prompt writing

This simple technique has always impressed my students - it'll blow you away too.

* Using writing prompts from online sources

Remain inspired daily, hourly, minute by minute if necessary!

* Harness the power of your own mind

Learn about the Genius Kick that can cold start a brain and keep you going for ages.

* How to get ideas from everywhere - from cereal packets to overheard conversations

The secret to unstoppable creativity is revealed in this unique lesson.

* Understand the power of templates

There are formulas to everything. Now you will know how to create them for yourself.

* How to take more breaks to get more done

The paradox that goes against the herd mentality. Know the truth.

* Learn the David Bowie approach to creativity

This surprising tactic that can define a career and sustain a rock star life.

* How to sustain motivation like a pro

Persistence is way more important than talent. Discover how to keep going easily.

* How write faster, better than ever

Master the art of speed-writing with this proven - but secret - new strategy.

* And much more

NOTE from ROB: This whole video course is beautifully put together, if I say so myself. I seem to have finally gotten the hang of all this equipment for one thing. Plus, being so cut off out here in our new home - living in the peace and quiet of the Flinders Ranges in SA - I've really been able to come to terms with myself and my role as a writing and creativity teacher. I've been able to use my time much more productively recently - which has enabled me to bring you a better quality course and more focused instruction.

In short, I'd really like to see you take this course. It's probably my best yet.

As I say, this course is now available - and all the videos and extra resources are ready.

Order the course now, before the inevitable price rise.

You get in early, you get the discount. Click the link below!

Who is the target audience?
  • Artists, Writers, Musicians, Content Creators of all types
  • Amateur and professional writers
  • Authors who want to improve their productivity
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
23 Lectures 01:24:59

Welcome to Creativity

Thanks for taking this course. I'm lovin' having you here!

Don't forget you can contact me me anytime about anything. 

Your Success is My Concern
Rob Parnell

Preview 04:01

Inspiration is not some mysterious commodity you need to wait for.

Quite the opposite. 

The feeling of being inspired might be a good short term motivator but long term you can't rely on it - so don't get into the habit of waiting for it before you start! 

The Nature of Inspiration

There comes a time when we feel the need to start a project simply because it seems like a great idea and we're full of enthusiasm for it.

I call this the Genius Kick.

But the thing is you have to make this little bit of motivation go a long way!

The kick, when used correctly, should provide you with enough perseverance to take you to the end of the project. That's how you get things done and remain productive. And wealthy!

Preview 04:03

Remaining focused is about realising that you can't always rely on being inspired every day.

There will inevitably be times when you need to work on projects when you don't feel like it.

True professionals have to deal with this feeling a lot. What you have to do is understand that it's fine to keep going when you're NOT inspired. That, in fact, this is normal! 

Preview 03:35

To an artist, a writer, a poet, a creator of any kind, EVERYTHING is inspiring. 

Everything you see, do, and experience is fodder for your creative mind, even all the junk we have to deal with.

What makes you unique is the way you look at the world, and the way you interact with it.

Being original is having the courage to shape your views and your unique interpretations into your art.

Expression then becomes pure and inspired.

Using Junk as Inspiration

We all have them - moments when a light bulb come on in your head.

When suddenly new connections are made in the brain, when new insight is achieved, and when immediate action seems like the only course to choose.

The trick is to understand what's happening to your mind and body during these light bulb moments and then try to mimic the sensations on cue. 

It's not as difficult as it sounds...

Using Light Bulb Moments

This is a simple yet powerful lesson that will stand you in good stead your entire career.

Use random words to inspire thoughts and then stories.

Get used to training your mind to make imaginative leaps whenever you hear individual words - and especially when ordinarily disparate words are put together in a new way.

Sometimes very simple juxtapositions of words can inspire entire stories, even novels! 

Random Word Instructions

Basically, writing fan fiction can be a great exercise.

You use another author's characters in your own scenes. This takes the pressure off you having to think of your own scenarios.

And you don't have to stick with book characters. Some of the best fan fiction was written for Star Trek. And some of those stories became actual TV episodes!

Your main concern is copyright. You DO have to be careful NOT to make money from other author's characters because then they will sue you. And you don't want that!

How to Use Fan Fiction

Seriously? You want to listen in on other people's conversations?

Who does that?

Writers, apparently. 

Sometimes - if you're not listening too closely - you can get ideas for stories - or at least get enough inspiration to take your mind in unexpected directions.

Listen to Other People's Conversations

Writing prompts are a cottage industry these days. Just type "writing prompts" into Google and you'll get access to hundreds if not thousands of sites and resources that seem happy to try to inspire you with single words, phrases, whole paragraphs, even pictures and videos on Instagram and Pinterest.

Remember that writing prompts are really just designed to kick start your creativity if you need a quick fix.

Once you start writing, you shouldn't need further prompts to keep you going.

Rely too heavily on third party prompts and you may end up getting hooked - which may not be great for your originality quotient.

Using Writing Prompts

They do this in romantic comedies all the time - it's like a BIG cliche.

The couple are in a restaurant on a date and they don't know what to say to each other so they invent little histories and back stories for the people on other tables.

It's supposed to be a bonding experience.

I'd call it a stressful way to spend a date...

Seriously, it's a great exercise to get your creative juices flowing - but I recommend you do it alone!

Inventing Histories For Strangers

This is one trick I deliberately taught myself over 20 years ago. And it's a lifesaver!

All you have to do is ask your brain to make lists. Quickly, without thinking.

The more you do it, the easier it becomes, until it's automatic.

One you know you can rely on your brain to always think of ten topics or subjects, you'll never be uninspired again!

Invent Ten Ideas Before Breakfast

Classic self help advice that works for writers: if you believe you can do something, you're RIGHT.

It's just the way our minds and bodies work. They're designed that way.

All you have to do is believe that too!

We create the world around us to reflect our beliefs. One you understand this simple fact, you have total control over your destiny.

Believe and You Can Achieve

David Bowie was the master of many things, not least being a human chameleon who appealed to several generations of music lovers over the course of nearly fifty years - a remarkable achievement by anybody's standards.

Way back in time he allegedly wrote songs the way I describe in this lecture, You should take note. If nothing else, the technique is a lot of fun - especially if your kids want to join in!

The David Bowie Approach

My articles and videos about templates are the most popular, I assume because many writers are looking for easy ways to aid their craft. 

Thing is, you don't need ready-made templates. 

You can always construct your own, using the following as your base:

1. Start (Including the establishing of the terms of reference)
2. Discussion of issues
3. Development of issues
4. Conclusions
5. End (rounding off with a twist or a witty/profound aside)

You'll find the above template is a good starting point for any piece of writing from an article to a short story, a novel to a nonfiction work, to a letter (even an email) or a sales page. 

Using Templates

The secret to creating success is planning. You have to know what you want and make a detailed strategy for achieving whatever it is you want.

This need not be difficult. Really all you have to do is to structure your days around your activities, then do what you have to - to make sure everything gets done.

It's always better to embrace structure than reject it. 

Embrace Structure

We all have ideas all the time but often we don't make a note of them as they happen.

You must carry around a notebook, or get into the habit of recording notes vocally into your cell.

Honestly, we always think we'll remember a good idea but we rarely do without help.

The best thing about notebooks is that you can go back over your great ideas when ever you need one - or two or three!

Using Notes and Inspired Moments

The best way to come up with ideas and feel motivated is to simply get on with writing...

Many new writers get stuck in a rut where they're waiting to feel inspired before they start or they think they can't do anything good UNLESS they're inspired. Both of these ideas are false.

Writing is like driving a car. No amount of thinking about driving is going to get you closer to your destination. No amount of waiting until "you feel like it" is going to get you behind the wheel with your foot on the gas.

You just have to get in the car and turn on the ignition: in other words, start writing and THEN you'l be inspired and moving toward your goals.

Writing Creates Ideas

Blocked writers can spend weeks and months and years trying to work out why they can't continue with a piece of writing or a novel.

They might analyse their problem from every angle and still see no solution.

This is because the answer is NEVER going to come UNLESS you get back to the writing.

Silly thing is that once you start writing, you'll wonder why on Earth you were ever blocked!

Don't Think, Write FAST

This might work for you.

If you're the type of person who can't sit and concentrate for long periods, don't sweat it.

Take breaks, lots of them, It's okay. It's not doing any harm and you shouldn't feel guilty.

I take breaks all the time, all day, and it's never stopped me from being super-productive.

Actually way more productive than people who sit behind desks all day and just LOOK busy! 

Take More Breaks, Get More Done

Writing teachers normally extol the virtues of great and classic writers to their students.

This is actually terrifying to a student of writing. How can we possibly live up to greatness?

Most great writing makes us want to crawl into a ball and hide under the bed...

Far better, if we want to improve and get motivated, is to read something bad!

Read Something Bad

Finally we discover that writer's block is a total myth!

As Steve Martin once said, Writer's Block was invented as an excuse for not writing by Hollywood screenwriters with no talent.

Seriously, with all the ideas and inspiration you've been offered in the last 22 lessons, can you ever think you'll be blocked again?

Destroy Writer's Block Forever

Go forth and be inspired for the rest of your days.

You now have all the tips, tricks and tactics of the seasoned professional.

Never again will you be blocked or get stuck for an idea.

You're now a creative dynamo.

Keep Writing!

Rob Parnell
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About the Instructor
Rob Parnell
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Freelance Writer, Teacher, and Bestselling Author

Rob Parnell has been teaching online since 2002. He has published over thirty number one bestselling books on genre writing, motivation, productivity and getting rich and healthy. 

You'll enjoy his down to earth style and the sense Rob somehow knows you like a friend! 

He has been writing since he was five years old. He writes every day without fail - it's a compulsion - and he still hasn't run out of things to say... His preferred genre is the thriller - sometimes with a supernatural edge - in which he writes short stories, graphic novels, screenplays, and adult thrillers. 

In between fiction projects, Rob has written over 40 nonfiction self-help titles and has been published all over the world for the last fifteen years. Also a musician and composer, singer, media producer and budding movie maker, Rob is ecstatically happy to be married to Robyn Opie Parnell, his savior and the popular bestselling children's author.