Where do you get your ideas?
Ideas are everywhere. I can get them from reading in the newspaper, watching TV shows, or listening to people talk. Ideas can also come from my own experiences or those of the people around me, but I never make a precise copy. Each glimmer of an idea from real life must always be followed by multiple what-ifs.
- What if I pawn something at the flea market to help pay the bills?
- What if the booth owner throws in an old music box?
- What if the music box has a resident genie?
The first what-if makes it interesting. The next what-ifs makes it a story.
[I often get questions about what it's like to be an author. I'll answer each of the most commonly asked questions in a separate blog post. You can navigate to them in the faq on my website too.]