If you're a writer who's just starting out, pay attention to the kinds of stories you love most. What genres appeal to you? What kinds of characters do you find most fascinating? Then start your research--if you're thinking of writing romance, why not read some memoirs, advice columns, and self-help books on relationships? You'll probably find plot ideas you never expected. If you want to write a fantasy novel, then immerse yourself in medieval history or ancient mythology. And always, always read as much in your genre as possible. Don't hesitate to adopt an idea, but find a new spin on it to make it your own. Craft a unique story that only you can tell.