I used to do a talk show called Romance Review. I interviewed romance authors on the internet. It was a blast. I talked to people all over the country, listened to their success stories, etc. But I remember my very first interview with Stella Cameron and one particular question that she told me NOT to ask.
Of course, being me, that meant I did. It was 'Where Do Your Ideas Come From?'. Poor Stella. She groaned and tried to feign answering. But since I'd known her for many years and am a Pitbull in disguise, I gave her a chance to catch her breath and asked the same question, slightly altered. More groans. But she relented and went on to explain that it was one of the most often asked questions her readers wanted to know.
Personally, I think readers are intrigued about something we take for granted--our creativity.
Stella finally told me her ideas came from everywhere--the newspaper, television, talking to friends. She'd hear something and twist it into a story. As a best-selling author, she's doing something right.
My own story about ideas came out of workshop that Stella was giving. I can't remember what she said, but like a bolt of lightning I got this idea. It took my breath away. I scribbled down the idea and then it stew for a while. Eventually I wrote the story. Actually got an agent when she read it. She sent it out to ten publishers, mostly rejections, but a couple of times it made it all the way to marketing. Eventually it got nixed.
The important thing here is that the idea came out-of-the-blue and I played the what if game to create something worthwhile.
What about you? Where do your ideas come from? What's your story?