You have a list of themes or tags that you like—now what? Now it is time to transform them into a plot!
Get inspiration from themes you already like to get an idea, to keep going on your current project, or just for daydreaming.
When to get new ideas
There are some different situations where I might need to come up with new ideas.
Some authors say that they “do not believe in writer’s block.” I’m not sure what they mean by that, because it isn’t about believing, it just happens. It is getting stuck while working on your story; you have no idea what should happen in the next scene, the next book. You can’t plan more; you can’t write more.
But there is way out of it, and it is often to get more ideas for what might happen next.
Regardless of it is the next novel in a series, or if it is a story in a new universe, you need an idea. How you get that idea differs from writer to writer, from novel to novel. But I will list some ways here, for when you feel motivated to write, but lack a story.
Some stories lead you off the chosen path. And when that happens, you might have to stop and think of where you are going now. Generating ideas for what might happen along this path. What changes to make to the pre-planned plot and what new things can happen.