I’m sorry this is posting late!
It seems as if everyone has a great idea. I hear people say that they have a great idea for a book, or that they could write a book if they had time. People offer their ideas up as if they’re being helpful. Anyone who writes knows that having an idea isn’t the problem. It’s having a new idea, the time to write it. For me, it’s having the ability to sit down and work on just one story. I always have many, many stories, as well as a novel or so in process. I know that I should sit down and focus on just one, but what happens when I have a really great idea for one of my other stories? Then I have to switch over, just for a little while.
I get ideas from eavesdropping, from my job, from my family, from PostSecret, from the news. I get ideas from pretty much everything and everywhere. I daydream stories on my drive to work and make up side stories for characters in books and movies.
There are stories all around me… I just have to figure out which one to write.