Monday, May 3, 2010

Sea of Ideas

Where do you get your ideas? That's in the top ten questions readers ask me. The answer? I have no idea. At the moment, I don't have a single idea in my head.

Actually, I know there are ideas in there. I just can't seem to catch them. They float up to the top of the seething mass of goop in there, but when I try to snag them, they dance away, chuckling at my ineptness. It's frustrating to say the least.

I've tried all my tricks. Writing down lists. Drawing maps. Reading. Taking a shower. And still...there they are, hiding behind all the other worries in life, refusing to poke their heads out. What's a writer to do?

Mostly, it's a matter of time. If I wait, paying attention to something else, the ideas will come. They'll poke and prod and nudge me. They'll take over my dreams. They'll intrude while I'm writing my current works in progress.

If I ignore them, they will come.



  1. You never know where an idea will come from. My current WIP, the idea came from a friend's blog. She had a picture of a woman dancing in front of a tree made of bubbles and the next thing I knew the whole story hit me. It's really odd where inspiration comes from. LOL

  2. Inspiration comes from everywhere. As you said, Anny, it's only a matter of waiting for it and being open to the possibilities.