1. Magazines: When I see a story that interests me and has a “wow” factor, I clip it out, stick it in a folder of ideas and move on. I’ll make a little note at the top of where my brain was headed. Then I move on until I need a story idea.
2. Pictures: Susan Finley posts the most amazing pictures on Facebook. I can’t tell you how that makes my head spin with ideas. I save pictures too. Sometimes they are of people, other times there are places. Here again I write a few words to show why this caught my interest.
3. Music: Since I was a little girl music has been an inspiration that leads to stories. I could listen to Mozart’s 40th Symphony and just dream of movement between characters. It’s the same when I listen to soundtracks of video games or movies. I don’t limit myself there. Music from around the world is also very inspiring and can conjure beautiful interaction between the mind and the pen.
4. Conversations: Have you ever been in a coffee shop and overheard a conversation between strangers. They may be talking about one thing but in your head it could totally be a plot to…well you get my drift. Write it down! Even the conversation.
5. Travel: There’s nothing like a little travel to give you big impact in the art of writing. When I was in Africa I made sure I sat with the native guide. He told me folk tales about so many of the animals I filled a notebook with just that. Granted not many people have that opportunity but I’ve gotten big ideas from walking into Union Station in St. Louis too. Come to find out there is a ghost, whispers of a mystery and a lot of hanky-panky going on there. Do you see where I’m headed? Engima #4 will be there!