Where Do Writers’ Ideas Come From?

The question perhaps doesn’t have the caché of “where do babies come from” but sometimes the idea process seems as mystifying to a writer (and to others) as the baby process does to a small child. My mother liked to quote from George MacDonald’s poem Baby: “Where did you come from, baby dear? Out of the everywhere into the here.” It’s somewhat the same with writers’ ideas. Ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere. We need to be alert to them, and encourage them to appear. Ideas can come when we ask “what if?” For example, “what if a boy acted up until he was sent to bed without supper?”… Read More

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