More Idea Origins
by Adam Huddleston
As I’ve said before, I get a lot of my story ideas from places I’ve visited on while I’m on the road. Other idea-starters are things that I hear.
One of my favorite (unfinished) projects began years ago when one of my children wanted to play on my phone. My wife told them they couldn’t because “Daddy’s battery is dead”. She obviously meant my phone battery, but a story began to immediately gel in my brain about a future when all fathers are androids. When said parental unit’s battery dies, the mother simply orders another from a catalog. In this tale, the dying father unit’s artificial intelligence kicks in and he discovers that he doesn’t want to be replaced. Thrills and violence galore.
So, sometimes a truly interesting story can find its origins in a rather mundane statement. A good writer will pay attention to everything around them and use their environment as inspiration.