Saturday, August 7, 2010

Writers and their ideas

"You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it." --Neil Gaiman

Where do you get your ideas from? Do you daydream? Do you get them from watching your kids? Or do they just zap you like a bolt of lightning?


  1. I got a great idea for a story while standing in line for a ride at Universal last week. As soon as I got back to the hotel, I typed up the first page.

    Now ... I just have to turn the darn thing into an entire plot ...

  2. I get ideas all the time, just like the quote, sometimes thru daydreaming, or real dreaming, while running, walking, in the shower, while mind is always whirring and playing what if. Like yesterday while sunning myself on my porch I peered through the cracks to the long line of sunlight on the ground below, and I thought, what if I saw another eye peering back at me?

    The first question is can the idea be turned into something worthwhile? The second is, am I going to have anough time to write all these tales?

  3. Hhmmm, I get my ideas through sentences...
    I hear someone say something, whether in the supermarket, at work or just in passing by, and often I think: that would make a great book!

  4. My ideas come at many times while I am doing different things. Often some none concentration involved activity as just waiting for something or long distance driving will allow ideas to come into being. Other times, especially in the morning, I will suddenly have an unexplainable flowing of ideas, often unrelated, that seem to come so quickly that I cannot reign them all in. I frequently come up with blog topics in these creative outbursts.

    LeeTossing It Out