Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Where Do You Get Your Ideas From? by Jo Franklin

As every author knows, the question that gets asked most frequently at any event is

Where Do You Get Your Ideas From?

In On Writing by Stephen King (the most important book on the subject of writing, by the way) he describes how he formed a band with a few writing mates. They liked to hang out together to discuss their writing with fellow writers.

'We are writers, and we never ask one another where we get our ideas; we know we don't know.'

And that is the truth. Authors don't really know where we get our ideas from. Ideas breed, develop, evolve in our heads. No single character is our mother or our selves. 
Thoughts, memories, fantasies spring up and stick together to form something in our heads which we recognise as an idea. That idea transforms into a story and if the mood takes us, we write it down.

So here are a few images that have led to an idea that in turn has morphed into one of my books. If you have read any of my books, I wonder if you can recognise which image generated a spark that I turned into words. 

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