Thursday, 11 February 2010

Where do you get your ideas?

I know many writers hate this question but I love it (maybe because I haven't been asked it one hundred times in interviews) I know exactly where all my ideas have come from and I find it fascinating to hear what inspired other people.

At first my ideas came from reading or watching something and asking what if? Lately though setting seems to be inspiring me more and more. Which is strange as I really struggle with writing memorable settings. At the moment I have several ideas swirling that are set during snowstorms, wonder why that is!

I also have a great idea inspired by a trip to the beach last year and more specifically a beach cabin with a pink plastic flamingo outside surround by a shrine of shells and torches.

Not to mention the mystery set at the run down amusement park near us. The place has a old style carousal - I mean how can you not use that in a book?

Then there's the book I really want to dump the WIP for (I won't critique partners I promise!). That all started one late night when I was up with the baby and looking out over the moon drenched roofs.

So (if you don't loathe the question)  tell me where you get your ideas.

5 comments:

  1. My fiction series came from a dream. Just a wisp of a dream, but it was enough for my mind to create five books from that idea.
    The non-fiction book came from two seminars I teach - I combined, elaborated, and invited other authors to contribute. Not exciting, but that's how it came about!

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  2. Most of my ideas come when I'm just drifting off to sleep and my brain is relaxed and roaming. Of course, then I pop awake & lose even more of that precious sleep!

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  3. My best ideas come while I'm driving down the freeway. I have a long commute each day and I use the time to work out my writing.

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  4. L. Diane Wolfe - ooh I like that a wisp of a dream.

    Jemi - that's when I solve problems in my WIP and have to make convoluted notes that I can't read in the morning!

    Greg - driving is a good time as long as it's a route you know really well

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  5. I wish I had a good answer to this question! I used to get ideas all the time. I filled up notebook after notebook. But after having a baby, poof! Not so many ideas. When they hit me, it's rare. So rare that there's no pattern whatsoever.

    So my answer turns out to be a bit of a bummer. Oops...

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