Writers are frequently asked where they get their ideas. It’s the question many of us dread when the floor is thrown open at the end of a talk or presentation. I’ve heard authors joke about buying them from a little shop around the corner near where they live, but the real answer is prosaic. LIFE.
The truth is most of us writers are never short of ideas – life is full of them. Things happen and from a small, possibly insignificant event or observation, an idea begins to grow. Whether that initial idea will flower into a full-blown plot is another matter, but the more you write the more you begin to see the potential in everyday events.
To quote Neil Gaiman – “You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” Continue reading