It’s the age-old writer dilemma: where do story ideas come from? There are so many answers to that question, all depending on the individual writer. And I can’t swear that my tried-and-true method is not widely used by many of the greats.
The voices in my head tell me what to write.
In all seriousness, it is the conversations I have with myself that give me ideas. I’ve also had major plot changes crop up while driving and talking to myself. I mean, like, whole characters DIE who originally weren’t going to. Don’t make me talk to myself about you, is all I’m saying.
Then there’s the quirky stories that come up because I’m bored, maybe while sitting in the parking lot waiting for another tiny tots ballet class to hurry up and end. So there are these brilliant but detached thoughts, like, “I wonder what my appliances are doing while I’m not home?”
The rest of the time writing is just as difficult as any other job. People who bolt upright in bed at two o’clock in the morning having some revelation that greatly affects their jobs can come in all shapes, sizes, and occupations. Of course, being ADD helps, as long as you’re really fast with the notebook and pen.