Where do you get your story ideas? I’m not sure where mine flow from. Sometimes they come to me like magic. Sometimes it’s a powerhouse but then it falls like a boulder from the sky crashing into a million pieces and all of the effort put in is a large waste of time. Though even the stories that die on me have ideas that I can use elsewhere. So maybe not a total waste of time.
What I’ve noticed most about story ideas is that the best ones come small. When I try to over do an idea, oversell it, let the grandiose get away from me, I kill it. It’s like the idea is too much for any words to live up to. Small is better. Taking the mundane or inane and running with that can take you in spectacular directions if you let your imagination go. So much more than an overblown idea.
Being Southern and Spanish, extra is part of my DNA. It’s hard to pull back from the spectacular idea and narrow it down to one avenue of that idea. But it’s always better when I do. So I spend my days working, reading, watching. I note ideas all the time because even the weirdest idea can carry an entire story.
So how do you come up with ideas?