Whenever I get an idea for a new project, I write it down in my Ideas file. Usually, by the time I’ve finished the first draft of a project, I’ve already had several ideas for the next one. Usually, one of them is banging around my head, ready to get out. If I don’t have one clamoring to get written, I can read my Ideas file and see what sparks my attention.
Last month, that didn’t happen. I was ready for a new project, and nothing sparked.
Of course, I can always spend my writing time editing. And I considered going back to the last novel I started and working on that. In fact, I did start working on it.
And then I read something online that made me mad. And while considering my response to what made me mad, I came up with a science fiction analog for the situation, a setting, a character, a problem … and a new story.
It’s going to be a fun April.
How do you come up with story ideas?