With NaNo prep running rampant everywhere, the forums teeming with excellent plots and characters so alive you hear their pulse, isn't it remarkable there's so many ideas out there, so many stories to be told?
Where do ideas come from? Where do we get the inspiration for what we write? What kick-starts our imagination into a snowballing run that ends in that disorganized, ultra fertile mess of a novel's first draft? Do we all get inspired by the same things--overheard conversations, autobiographical stuff, a story in the newspaper that sparks a what if? Or do we have different sources? Because, see, if we share these sources, then the next time any of us is stuck in the myideassuck rut, we can try a different source.
What if my mother, instead of being such a progressive thinker, had been more traditional? How would that have affected the way I turned out? What if, instead of falling into the trap of fear, I'd kissed that hunky guy? What if, what if?
When I hear someone reminiscing about their childhood, about their first love, their first date, their first tequila binge... I can't help but place that into the context of who they are now. That reveals character to me. That makes me want to expand on it.
How about you?