Where Do Ideas Come From?
by Adam Huddleston
Ah. The ultimate question for all writers. The granddaddy of them all. Where do ideas come from? Where can I go to get inspired to write? How do the literary greats get their works started?
The answer, I suppose, differs from writer to writer. In fact, I’m sure there are as many answers to that desperate question as there are writers in the world. Where do I get my ideas from? I’ll tell you. But remember, this is coming from an author with only a handful (and small at that) of published works.
I get my ideas from what I see around me. For example, although I eat better now, I used to spend quite a lot of time in fast food drive-thrus. A few of my story starters arise from there. Also, the eight-hour drive to visit family in east Texas (when the kiddos are actually quiet, and I can think straight) provides many opportunities to create story ideas. I have two or three tales that center on interstate travel. One about a ghost that haunts a specific exit ramp, the other about a man hired to clean off roadkill.
Other ideas come from things I hear, whether while at work or from my family at home. My next few blogs will center on those.