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Plot Ideas for Novelists

All a novelist needs to start running with a new book is an appealing idea for a plot. I tweet skeleton plot ideas as @authorkingsley on Twitter using the hashtag #plotidea. What follows is a collection of these tweets.

All I ask of fellow novelists is that if one of these ideas primes you for a new story, please buy one of my books and review it on Amazon. Thank you so much!

"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day." - Orson Scott Card.


Don't worry about anyone else using the same plot ideas. Ideas are generic and everyone will come up with an entirely different story!

#plotidea Bill accidentally discovers his wife has commited a crime and is thrown into turmoil.

Tom engineers doubting partner to use a private detective to investigate himself to prove he is trustworthy... then swindles him!

Down-on-luck Fred has taken a vow to live happily in poverty but then inherits a fortune.

Jake, escaped from a prison van, knocks a door opened by young couple. He intimidates them to help.

James is happy with mistaken ideals but when his father adopts them he re-evaluates his life.

Some others, not tweeted...

James marries a woman he doesn't love because it will help him commit the perfect crime.

Intending just to scare off a rival for her boyfriend, Sally accidentally kills her.

Sally plants evidence to incriminate someone else in a crime but unwittingly incriminates herself by leaving DNA.

James gets a fantastic job opportunity but is torn when he realises it will jeapordise his happiness with his parter-to-be.

Bill is at odds with a rival company but falls for the daughter of its CEO/Managing Director.

Eve really fancies her best friend's lover but would normally do anything for her. Yet she cannot deny the attraction.

Tom gets lucky with a cople of out-of-character bets and then thinks gambling is the answer to all his financial problems. He keeps it a secret from his wife while getting into a position which threatens their entire life.

Angela's father really dislikes her new boyfriend and threatens to throw her out of their luxury home if the liaison continues... which is does, in secret.

Tom and Sheila's newborn baby seems exceptionally bright from Day 1. So bright it's frightening.

Rich John discovers his wife, Susan, has been milking their bank account for years. Where is the money going?


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