Creativity, ideas become stories

creativity, ideas, story ideas, plot ideasWhere do you get your ideas? The question all authors get asked at some time or other. Creativity is what turns the overheard comment into a story.

The source of ideas is a bit of nosy and a bit of creativity

It took me a while to understand this about my creative process, but I get my ideas from everywhere. I overhear a snippet of conversation, I engage in a discussion, or I see a flash of an image and my mind starts to build the possibilities. Is that woman really going to kill that guy? If we lived in an economy of plenty, would we survive as a species? If I had access to a 3D printer, could I print a cup of Earl Grey tea? Creativity is the question we apply to the idea.

I’m not sure how other writers work, but that’s how it works for me. This evening I participated in a new Meet-up and I  had a few ideas come up from conversations about economics and engineering and Star Trek. It was an eclectic Meet-up.

Will all the ideas turn into books?

That’s a great question. The answer is no. I have so many ideas I don’t have the lifetime to write them all out. The process is also about weeding out the great ideas that won’t sustain a book. Or using the creative energy to twist and pull at the idea until it will fit into a story.

That’s the answer to the ‘where do you get all the ideas’ question. And today that’s the post. I’m releasing A Twist of Power, the 3rd book in the Madeline Journeys today.

I’m up to my elbows in uploading and checking and watching the process. I’ll throw the announcement up when it’s available on on the ebook retailers, but if you can’t wait, here’s the link to Smashwords. This time Madeline is fighting to save her friend’s home amid a city of strangers and old enemies.