The questions seem simple at first, though their answers are usually obnoxiously complicated and difficult to explain. What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? How do you think of new things to write? They’re also questions I’ve been asking myself an awful lot lately, especially on days like this when I’m having trouble thinking of a topic for even a blog post and I don’t have the time to whip up a good, juicy character profile or something like that.
So, naturally, I fall back on the question of what inspires us to come up with topics and themes and plots in the first place, and open it up to a discussion. When you’re in need of a topic or a plot, where do you turn? Do you listen to music? Read through other books? Grab any friend with even half an ear open and drag them out for a cup of coffee to dish over some ideas? Lately, I’ve been wanting more of that last one, but, alas, don’t have the time. Thankfully, this Monday is a day when both the roommate and I are off of work. There’s a voyage to Ikea in the books, and so who knows where that will go.
But I’m still having trouble thinking of topics for blog posts when it’s not a RoW Check-in, book review, or Flash Fiction prompt. I usually don’t have the time on the days when I don’t have something else going on to do much of a character or world-building post, since I usually have to hurry my butt into work. What sort of topics do you like reading about, or would like to see more of? I debated doing a specific theme for each day, but I like the wiggle room I have right now that allows for various book reviews per week, if I have several lined up (and I plan to read more books than there are weeks in a year, so one-per-week wouldn’t work).
It’s one of those things that sometimes gives me pause and makes me wonder if I have the imagination to really be a writer. Shouldn’t it be easier to think of things to write of? But we all have these moments, these dry spells, and once the rains start coming, the valleys will be awash with too many ideas to handle. So you just have to stick it out and wait for the storm.