Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

So last night I ate Chinese food.

I want to bed.

I had crazy wierd dreams about very cheesy pizza...

And a title came to me.

This kind of bizarre, magical title not linked to anything.

I want to write a story around this title. I want to create this character.

How wierd, right?

Sometimes phrases come to me in dreams. I'll get maybe a cool sentence and that's it. I don't dream about vampires in meadows or anything like that.

But I dreamed of this title last night. I wrote it down. And I still like it! Aw!

Where do you get ideas from? Do you write around a character? A book title? A single scene? It's always so fascinating for me how a whole story can spring up from a single seed of something.

For Leslie Lee, I had the hook first. I then created Leslie. And she drove the story. Everything else came after.


  1. I don't know where my ideas come from. Sometimes I can go months without one so I don't write. Then all at once I get like two ideas and I work furiously to get them out.

  2. I have no idea where my ideas come from. The inspiration for The Silagree came to me when I was in the bath. The line, 'Bad things happen at the Silagree' just popped into my head. Then I had to know what exactly the Silagree was and what bad things happened there.

  3. Yeah, my ideas are kind of random. One was a scene from a dream, and I really like where it's going. Oddly enough, the instant I woke up, I scribbled the MCs name on my hand. When I checked it a few minutes later, it wasn't at ALL my handwriting. Weird, yes?
    Other times... well, it could be anything. Books, movies, ideas, a lost phrase in a conversation, a 'what if' question. :) Anything.

  4. Story comes first, randomly or maybe from some otherworldy source...ok prob not but I am still freaking over Bethany's

    Titles just pop in my head from the story and you know I'm a big fan of the one word titles. Although not so much for this new one but you will see soon enough...
    I would definitely read anything to do with cheesy pizza