The conundrum of novel plotting – where do you get ideas?

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One of the things that flummoxed me for a long time with my writing was trying to nail down the right plot for my story. I can always create characters with depth (good for me, since the trend now is character-driven stories) and I fall in love with a lush, living setting that almost becomes a character unto itself. But the plot, well, that’s been one rocky shore for me to land my novel upon.

Thankfully Janice Hardy wrote about this today, and has lots of great suggestions, from the buddy story to the adventure, from the Golden Fleece to the Monster in the House. She also recommends a couple of books,  Blake Synder’s Save the Cat and Ronald B. Tobias’s 20 Master Plots.

So how do you generate ideas for your story plots?