“Where do you get your ideas?” That’s a question I dread because, I suspect, that my answer is atypical. I find them wherever I happen to be, whatever I am reading, watching or paying attention to. And my own story idea is often fairly unrelated to what inspired me.
For the past two days, I haven’t been feeling all that great. So I spent this morning with grumble gut sprawled on the sofa. While I crocheted, I listened to The Splended and the Vile, a book that focuses on Churchill and England during WWII. I have had no less than three story ideas pop into my head while listening to this. One was thoroughly substandard so I didn’t write it in my journal. One I wrote down in my journal. And the third I roughed this afternoon. It has absolutely nothing to do with Churchill, England, WWII, or aeroplanes.
So where should you look for inspiration? Among the things that interest.
- Look for ideas while you read books you enjoy. You never know when some side comment while inspire a book or article idea.
- Pay attention when you are watching movies . . .
- Or documentaries. Some background event or character may grab your attention.
- Take notes when something throws you. Sometimes I read something wrong and have to scroll back. “There is no way that said…” Other times I’ll click on a story or request a book only to discover that what I thought I had found is something else entirely. The piece I wanted to read? I jot that down.
- Doing tedious tasks. Yes, you read that right. Scrubbing the shower, weeding or watering the garden are highly inspirational because when I do things like this my mind wanders. And when it wandered last night while hauling water to the new apple trees, I came away with an even better ending for my new picture book.
Ideas are everywhere.