One of the most common questions writers get is about their ideas: where they get them, what they are doing when they get them, and why they get them.
As far as I can tell, the getting of ideas is a very mysterious process. Everyone wants to know about it. Well, my friends, I’m here to give you some answers. I’ve asked the question so you don’t have to.
Where do the Pub Crawl girls get their ideas?
I stare at this until I get an idea. Or else writers have a special, secret telepathic connection to the invisible Room of Ideas where ideas are just floating around, and eventually one snags on your thoughts and presto! Fully formed plot you just have to write down.
My dogs are actually the creative forces behind my novels. They dictate the books to me, and all I do is type it. Then, of course, I have to translate it from Canine, but that’s a pretty mindless process if you’re fluent (although, lemme tell you: present perfect continuous verbs do get a bit tricky).
As for my ideas, no orphans here! I’m no good at making gruel, and those crazy kids always want more. I go in for tea leaves most days, and if I’ve got something that requires extra inspiration, like a trilogy, then there’s this whole process involving a staircase, a chalk circle, a chewy caramel and gazelle, but I have a patent pending on that so I can’t disclose all the details. Suffice to say you REALLY want to get it right, or you end up scraping caramel off your gazelle for days.
There you have it! The mysterious process of getting ideas? UNVEILED.
Now you tell us: Where do you get ideas?