There’s another idea. One of the most common questions people ask a writer is ‘where do you get your ideas from?’
I think just about anyone writing fiction, poetry, prose would not be able to answer that question, because in reality the ideas just pop into your head. Something happens on TV, you read something in the paper, see a small interaction on the street and, pop! Now there’s an idea.
Without my little notebook many of these ideas would just evaporate.
I had a pop! moment last night in the shower. That seems to be a common place for ideas to pop into my head.
I’d watched a mildly good movie, googled one of the actors and read an anecdote about him on Wikipedia. While I was in the shower I was thinking about the anecdote and wondered what if?
Actually that’s probably the biggest inspiration in my writing. That phrase – what if?
What if the person that wrote that note was already married? What if one day I stopped and knocked on that door I keep looking at? What ifI bought a ring, or a blender or a snowboard from the pawn shop and the former owner frantically tracked me down. What if I used all the hot water in the shower coming up with story ideas – hee hee!
Can you answer the question? Where do you get your ideas from?