A couple of years ago I spent the day at a High School, talking to English classes of students aged 15-17 about writing. It was a fun day, the kids were smart, engaged and I like to perform.
During a library Q&A session a girl asked, “Where do you get your ideas from?”
It’s the most common question authors get along with, “Why?”
My stock answer is, “I order my ideas online. They come from a factory in China, in a cardboard box labelled Tractor Parts.”
I then went on to talk about how it works. For creative types (which is anyone who actually stops long enough to poke at a random thought) ideas come from everywhere.
The best ideas come from asking What If?
The rest is just typing until your fingers bleed.
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” ~ Winston Churchill
I learned some new management-speak today. In a culture that thrives on keywords, catch-phrases and some really incomprehensible assaults on the English language, this one stood out in a good way.
Lead. Align. Follow.
I immediately thought of how this applies to writers. We are a constantly moving organism with a million individual writers and artists, each of us working in isolation for the most part. We read widely, we write furiously.