Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a clear-cut, fool-proof way to come up with ideas to write about? Be it for books, short stories, blog posts or poems, I wish I understood how and why certain waves of unexpected inspiration wash over me but that in itself is the very problem, as they are inevitably always random, fleeting thoughts that can leave just as quickly as they come.
I hope this is something that most writers out there will be able to relate to, as even though there is no denying the frustration it can cause when we slam full force into a wall of writer’s block, I like to reassure myself with the thought that it is all just part and parcel of being creative and that every bout of staring vacantly at a blank page takes us one step closer to our next great idea.
Stimulus in the past has come from things as varied as news reports and nature to song lyrics and briefly overheard conversations. I can to this day remember for example the first moment I got the idea for my now available book, The Vessel. Sitting one evening watching a television report about possible government tapping of emails, I simply thought to myself: Just how far would a government go to try and keep control? And so, the bare concept of The Vessel was born and the plot of a young woman fighting to expose the truth about a corrupt government in a dystopian setting began to form in my mind. The excitement I felt meant I knew for sure, this was something I had to write.
I would love to know how and when you’ve come up with your best ideas and if, like with me, no two ideas ever come to you in the same way.