That’s a frequently asked question for authors.
Much like we saw in the famous Seinfeld series, a writer gains ideas from daily life. The only difference is a writer learns how to take mundane activities and make them humorous, thought provoking, or educational and, above all else, entertaining.
As an example, last weekend I took part in an annual golf trip with my brother-in-law. I watched as he played well, without enthusiasm though, which led me to write a post on what makes an ideal golfer.
Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to play a round of golf with family members I hadn’t seen in years. Each of us had a career in a different field - a doctor, a firefighter, a statistician, and a banker. That led to an article in a golf magazine, where I talked about four individuals with little in common but the love of the game.
One afternoon, as I was walking my dog, the idea to compare everyday objects, such as a stop sign, to the rules of golf came to mind. I wrote the whole article on this topic using Siri for dictation while I finished my walk.
While on vacation, I took part in a free yoga class at our resort. The experience was so moving that, immediately after finishing the class, I wrote an article about it while sitting at the pool and later submitted it to a national yoga magazine.
While driving my car, I like to look about. I noticed a manicured area to the side but wasn’t sure if it was a golf course or a cemetery. That got me thinking about a cemetery next to a golf course and what kind of problems could occur. What if the cemetery needed more space, or vice versa. And with that idea I wrote The Grave Hole, one of the tales in my recently released Short Stories from the Long Links. I narrated the entire story to myself on this 2 hour drive so that when I did get home all I needed to do was type up my thoughts and I had 1000 words. Brilliant if you ask me.
I even came up with the idea for this post while brushing my teeth. I’m not sure how that relates to dental care but it goes to show that you always need to be open to inspiration and be prepared to write it down when it does come.
So where does a writer come up with ideas? Everywhere! Especially in their mind.