I've begun posting a series of short creative writing classes on YouTube.
The first of these is on the topic of story ideas, in which I offer five possible ways of generating new stories.
Sometimes, story ideas come to us without us having to work very hard. Robert Louis Stevenson, for example, famously claimed that Jekyll and Hyde first appeared to him in a dream. Maybe that was better than admitting to having consciously dreamt up its events.
In any case, on occasion we might need to produce story ideas, which in the video I suggest we might do by:
1) asking a question,
2) expanding on earlier work,
3) using place as a start,
4) trying a new form or genre, and
5) finding objects and events that contain stories.
The first video: