Writing requires ideas. The idea might even be the most important component of a story of novel, so finding good ideas is critical. But where do they come from? At Beyond the Margins, Robin Antalek examines where she finds fresh ideas:
I am not a journal keeper – but I am a huge fan of the clipping. I save articles, images, and obituaries that have caught my interest. Obituaries in particular are often brilliant little capsules of a life, leading to more questions than answers, a writer’s dream. If I am in a particularly organized mood I might tape the clippings to a page with a few questions or thoughts scribbled below. When I’m stuck, I often return to these ragtag files for a spark of something, anything that might lead to the magical first sentence.