The most common question I get when I talk to audiences about writing is, “Where do you get your ideas?” There’s no simple answer to this question, I’m afraid. Well . . . I guess there is, because I could say:
“I HAVE NO IDEA!”
The way it seems to work is that when I’m writing, an idea will jump out of nowhere and land with a thump in my mind and shout, “I’M JUST WHAT YOU NEED!” or “I WAS MEANT FOR THIS STORY!”
Yes, it’s just that weird. The ideas seem to just pop out of nowhere. So, getting ideas is pretty much out of my control as I’m in the flow of writing.
How's that for an answer?