Where do I get my ideas from?

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I’m not too sure where they come from. But when an original ‘idea’ appears, it just seemingly sprouts from my mind.

Poof!

I can definitely tell an organic sprout to one that I’m intentionally trying to make. It’s just not the same. Too . . . fake? Or maybe to me, it seems too contrived? I think that is the word. But I can tell that it is not original or as good as other stories. They are the ones that I push to the side in favour of others.

How these ideas come to me is a bit of a mystery. I think it might be a combination of my personality, imagination and how I see the world. In the last few years since I’ve stepped up my writing and developed my critical eye, I’ve taken to having the opinion that a lot of YA novels have a premise that I would never pick because it just seems too implausible. I’m more of a grounded reality type of storyteller. Which I know is a bit off seeing as I write fiction.

Besides the fact that I really enjoy writing, I think that fact that I also use it as a means of understanding the world around me is a great influence. Because to write characters and stories one has to know the world somewhat.

New short story idea!

Last night during an uncharacteristically slow night at work, I began thinking over this pretty awesome scene that had appeared in my head days earlier. It didn’t have a place for it in any of my other stories I had and didn’t want to let it go. So I began thinking about other things that I could relate to it, like how such a scene could have gotten there in the first place and what type of people might have interacted with it etc. Soon I had some events floating in my head that felt like they had a really good connection.

I wrote what I had on my notepad and shoved the pages in my pocket. When I got home I thought about it even more and the next morning I wrote out the events of how I saw the story take place. At the time I was thinking that I could make it into a great beginning of a longer story, but I soon realized that it was probably better as a short story.

I have a rough outline/plan and I’m going to try and write it up as soon as possible. Maybe it might be my next project after my other three stories that I’m planning on having out in the next few months are completed.