“Where do you get your story ideas?”

Writers get this question a lot in relation to their fiction. The answer, of course, varies though I do think most of the time story ideas come from something a writer wants to say. (Well, at least until they learn to write what is marketable seeing how the two usually do not coincide.)

Story ideas come from many places. Myself, I get story ideas from other stories. I often get that “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” line breeze through my mind while I’m reading or watching something else. For me, I enjoy writing stories with a twist or try to turn convention on its head as I absolutely hate tropes. On the other hand, an idea often just pops into my head. It’s kind of sad to say I don’t have a muse to inspire me, at least not one I’m aware of.

I’ve heard other writers say it but I do not get any of my ideas from my dreams. As bizarre as they may be sometimes, my dreams aren’t usually compelling enough or coherent enough to tell a good story. Besides, life can be bizarre enough on its own if you let it. Nor do writing prompts usually work for me, I guess because I don’t like being told what to do. But, that’s me.

Where do you get your story ideas from? I’d like to know.

 

3 thoughts on “Where Do You Get Your Story Ideas?

    1. Well, it’s certainly not a bad thing. We need to get our ideas from somewhere. I probably could get some ideas from dreams if I bothered to write them down as soon as I woke up. But, true to a ‘real’ writer’s life, I’m lazy.

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      1. Muahaha yeah it saddens me when I realize that my dreams aren’t as vivid anymore, I think it’s because I don’t feel sleeo as much. Although when I take Nyquil I have some fun dreams *searches bedside table*

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