Where do ideas come from? This is a question I ask a lot. I’ve mentioned before how a few of my ideas for novels have come from dreams. But inspiration can strike anywhere. I asked my fellow writers over on Twitter where they come up with most of their ideas, and the answers were quite varied;
For me, inspiration comes from many places, and ideas can strike at any moment in any place. But a few places seem to nurture ideas more than others, for example, in the shower.
From what I’ve seen, the shower/bath is quite a common place for people to come up with ideas. I don’t know what it is about it for others, but for me, it’s a break from life and thinking about things. My brain is relaxed; the usual stresses of day to day life don’t seem to exist, so my mind is open the new ideas. Of course, the problem with having ideas in the shower/bath means that I don’t have my phone/notepad to take some notes. I find myself going over and over it in my head until I’m out and can write it down. Sometimes this works; other times, I’m not able to keep hold of the idea for long enough, and it drifts off into the ether, which quite frankly is a pain in the arse, but oh well.
Ideas don’t just come when my brain isn’t focusing on anything in particular. Sometimes it can be when I’m watching a movie or TV series. Something in the show might trigger my brain, and I think “that could be a great idea to run with”. Now when I say I get ideas from these places, it’s not so much the plot of the movie or TV show that I think is a good idea; it could be something as simple as an image or a specific line that in my head I can see something coming from. For example, we’ve recently been watching The Blacklist, and there was a very simple line of dialogue that probably wouldn’t mean anything to anyone else, but at the time, I suddenly had an idea for a story. I made a note of it in my phone, and I’ll try to develop it at some point – there are quite a few of these random little ideas that I’ve made notes of. Some will work, some won’t, but that’s all part of the process.
Today I start my university course proper, so I’m already expecting a lot of new ideas to start coming in, either from the reading or the discussions that we have in lectures.
This was just a quick blog as I’m trying to get ready for uni. I need to get better at writing things in advance so I’m not doing them at the last minute; this is also something that I’m hoping my course will help me with. So tomorrow, I’ll try to sit down and put together a few for the rest of this week and next…hopefully.
Have a good week!