Many people wonder how writers get inspiration for their ideas, so today, I'd like to share with you where I get mine!
- News & World Events. Things that are happening around the world or in my local community are a great source for my ideas. Global warming, natural disasters, epidemics, new laws or bills, mental health issues, etc., all give me great ideas. I'll write them down and then come up with ways to incorporate them within the confines of my world. A great bonus of getting ideas this way, is that it helps my readers relate to my stories!
- World Box. In a previous post, I talked about my Word Box and why you should create one as well. It's a great source for ideas that I use quite often. What makes it particularly unique and awesome is that because the words you pick from the box are random, you get combinations and ideas that you wouldn't if you chose words yourself.
- Dreams. So, admittedly, this doesn't happen as often as the other areas, but I do get ideas for either scenes or complete stories from dreams. One of the scenes in Silevethiel was taken directly from a dream I had after my mom died. I also have a few idea pages in my ideas folder taken from dreams that will make great short stories. I make a habit of writing ideas down as soon as I wake up so I don't forget!
- Photos. So, I recently got into the who Pinterest thing, and it's actually been helpful with this. But even before I delved into the world of Pinterest, I've gotten a great deal of ideas from photos. In fact, the premise for the series I'm writing now came from this photo. A double sided door, each side a different color. I thought, what if one side led to the past and the other to the future? And the Balance of Time series was born!
- My characters! So, this might seem a little strange, but my fellow Pantsers will understand where I'm coming from! I get many of my ideas while I'm writing. My characters lead me through the story, and tell me what they want to have happen next, or where they want to go. There are many things that I wouldn't have been able to think of beforehand, and when I'm done, there are a number of moments throughout the book where I wonder how I came up with certain things. The answer, is always my characters!
Where do you get your ideas from? Share in the comments below!