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Duotrope: Story Inspirations

Posted by Ali on September 27, 2012 at 9:50 AM

You already know Duotrope is a handy place to find markets for submitting your work.  What you might not know is that it's also a treasure trove of story ideas.  One of the fun things about writing is playing with perspectives.  You look at something and think, "How can I look at it in a little bit different way?"  It's kind of like macro photography, you zoom in at a unique angle and even though you're showing something people have seen before, it looks a little different.

If you go to Duotrope and look at the Calendar, you'll see lists of ideas that markets are looking for.  Some are pretty standard, like "Dragons."  Others are more interesting blends:

Cthulhu and Fairy Tales

Alternate Zombie History

"And You Think Razor Wire Will Keep Me Out?"

Interestingly, there seem to be a lot of markets looking for a combination of fairy tales and horror themes.  Go figure.

So, the next time you're trying to  figure out something to write about, cruise the Calendar and see what strikes you.  Lots of writing prompts floating around there, and you know for a fact there's a market looking for precisely what you're about to write.

Categories: Submissions, Writing Process, Publishing

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