I’m always slightly amused when I read interviews with writers and they’re asked where do you get your ideas? I’m a firm believer that the more one flexes one’s creative muscle, the stronger it gets. The more open I am to ideas for stories, the more ideas just seem to fall into my lap.
One of my favourite sources of inspiration is the stream of news headlines we’re exposed to every day. The saying you couldn’t make this stuff up seems to hold truer than ever. In the last few weeks we’ve been treated to fabulous “writing prompts” such as:
- A potentially looted chandelier at the Scottish first minister’s residence.
- A Fox News intern who was the unwitting catalyst for a life-saving canine rescue foundation.
- The now infamous Ashley Madison hack (enough material there for about fourteen novels, I would say).
- A Nazi gold train found in Poland (who cares if it’s a myth, what a great adventure story here!) – see photo of Ksiaz Castle, which features in the rumour.
- The food blogger who hid an eating disorder.
- The novelist suspected by MI5 of running a brothel.
I could go on, but I won’t. You get the idea: once you’re open to story prompts, the world we inhabit is such an amazing source of real-life inspiration, the only problem is finding the time to get all these stories down.
If you write, where do you get most of your ideas?
And as a reader, do you enjoy stories based loosely around real life?
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