Friday, September 28, 2012

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Interesting cemetery off a back road on Maui
that could conjure up an anthology of ideas.
The question most asked of writers is: “Where do you get your ideas?” 

Some authors say it is the most difficult interview question because they don’t have a satisfactory answer. During the course of the day, an idea pops up and a kernel of a story sprouts. Whatever triggered that idea is the source, or the WHERE. But the thought may be too fleeting for the conscious mind to grasp, and it is only the residual grain of sand left behind that begins to develop into a pearl. 

Triggers can be a song, a painting, an ocean breeze, the shape of a face, a 140-character tweet, a friend’s facebook post, or even the scent of a grilled cheese sandwich, chicken soup, or a root beer float. 

Once the idea begins to form, it is the fertile mind of a dedicated writer that designs, shapes, and accessorizes the story from opening line to climax and denouement. 

Ideas are a dime-a-dozen. Good ideas are worth a bit more. Maybe a better way to answer the question would be for the writer to tell what they do with the inspiration generated by an idea and how the author molds a seed of an idea into an intriguing story. 

Here is a blog post by author Kaye George giving her take on where ideas come from. Kaye George @KGeorgeMystery


  1. Its funny how ideas can come when you're in a spin class, washing dishes, or in the shower.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. Thanks for the hugs ... and the chocolate, Shelly! I agree, idease pop up at the strangest times. Best to have a notebook and pen handy.


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