I really enjoyed reading this post by Evelyn Krieger, author of One is Not a Lonely Number, about formulating ideas in writing. 🙂
While smack in the midst of the draft of my second novel, I got an idea of another book. I was really excited about the idea, but I forced myself to put it on hold.
Where do I get my ideas? In snippets of conversation overheard in a coffee shop. Newspapers stories. Obituaries. Historical events. Dreams. Childhood experiences. Traveling. Imagination. Art. Issues I care about.
When my writing workshop students get stuck, here are some ways I help them generate ideas.
l. Ask What if? What if you find out your best friend was living a double life? What if you discovered you suddenly could speak a language you were never taught?
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