I’m that little voice in your head that comes up with all your brilliant and creative ideas. yep I’m hiding up there inside your brain. I’m that part of your brain that continually thinks and creates.
So, where do your ideas come from? Everyday life, situations, conversations, music, art, the weather, people, places, etc., are all places and things processed by your brain and recreated into something useful.
As a writer, we take these pieces that fill our minds, and put them on paper, finding those bits we’ve saved in the deepest recesses, and integrating them into our stories.
Everything you do, say or think can be used for a story…well almost anything. For example, last night I was ranting to two of my best writer friends about my ex and they suggested I write about it…oh yes! Making life hell for my ex would make a great story. Yes, of course the names would be changed to protect the innocent, but nonetheless, I could think of some creative ways to make his life a living hell or worse.
Or, there’s the time you spent at the beach last summer, good times, but what about that little girl who was sitting in the sand all alone with no one nearby? Did her parents forget her on the beach…maybe leave her behind? What will happen to her?
Or maybe, she’s just sitting there thinking that when she grows up she wants to be a surfer. That could make a great story with some interesting obstacles and twists. You can make up just about anything from any picture, vision or conversation.
Or you remember the time your best friend went missing overnight… and had no recollection of where he’d been. When he returned, he wasn’t the same person you remembered. His personality seemed different, and now he had an obsession with researching alien abductions.
How about that conversation you had with your sister about the blood work the doctor has just ordered her to have done? He suspects something sinister when he notices she has no pulse… Don’t you remember your her telling you she had an encounter at the local bar with a tall dark man in the ladies room. She remembers him, but she can’t remember what he said or did to her. Then again, she still doesn’t know why she has a curious desire to drink blood suddenly.
Very little of this is true, but seriously, a story can come from anywhere, anytime, as long as you let yourself be open to the possibilities of your creative mind.
Yes, I write the sinister, the dark, the creepy, and the kind of stories that seem a bit twisted… but then we all have our secrets, don’t we?
Let those ideas flow, there are plenty of them all around you, just twist things up a little, and there you have a story to tell.
There are so many ways to get ideas. Dreams, brainstorming, just open your mind and set it free.
Have fun creating your writing masterpieces. 🙂