How did you come up with your premise for your books?

How to come up with the premise for books
How to come up with the premise for books

There are a lot of different ways I come up with the premise for my book and stories for anthologies.

These include:

  • Rewriting history – some of the chapter books I use memories from when I was a child and put the endings I wish had happened.
  • Something bugging me – with the story of the Princess and the Pea that was included in Teapot Tales: a collection of unique fairy tales, it had always bugged me that the princess hadn’t done anything to work out what was causing her to have a miserable night sleep – so I changed it in my retelling.
  • Something I’m interested in – there are a few stories I’m working on that started because I wanted people to learn about some cool things in history.
  • Random ideas – occasionally, a random story idea will pop into my head and, as I write it, it will turn into a book.

For me, I never know what is going to prompt a story idea. It could even be a comment on a blog!

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About Melissa

Melissa Gijsbers started writing when she was in High School during the 1990s, even winning some awards for a short story and a script. For many years, life got in the way of creative writing, however she did start blogging around 2006.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her two sons and a pet blue tongue lizard.

Melissa Gijsbers, Author, Speaker & Booklover
Melissa Gijsbers - Author, Speaker & Booklover
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