Where do you get your ideas? Most authors hear that question throughout their careers. Their answers are as varied as the people who ask them. This is the short answer: LIFE.
Just like an artist has to observe the colors of a blue sky fading as it touches the horizon or the differing shapes of evergreen trees in order to imitate them in a painting, the writer must observe the people he meets so he can write his story accurately. All kinds of things inspire a writer, anything from a turn of phrase overheard in a diner to the tug of a child’s hand when he offers a bushy yellow dandelion to his mother. In my case,
- I had a dream that I wrote down (The Secret of the Hidden Cave)
- The students that I taught, both in school and at piano lessons. (The Marty Series)
- A magazine article about a hunky orchestra conductor (Shepherd’s Song)
- And don’t forget the many ideas I got from dealing with my own five mischievous children.
I’ve been told that everyone has a book inside of them waiting to be written. What’s your story? What inspires you? I’d love to read your answers. Don’t be afraid. I won’t steal them; I have plenty of ideas of my own. Until next time…