A question most fiction writers are asked: Where do the ideas of your stories come from?
I am still scratching my head about the answer to that.
All I can offer is that it's something like a seed being planted into fertile ground. (And no one can dispute we writers have fertile imaginations.) It's bound to shoot and wiggle its way up until we see the possibilities of a story. That's when it needs watering.
So what is the watering process for you? Do you get to work and begin laying out your ideas until you see the story emerging fresh, original and tempting?
Or do you take an idea ( or many ideas) you've read before and rewrite the plot with a twist - as agents love to encourage us to add in our book proposals?
Or is it something you've been struggling with in your own life and you place this into you main character's personality? This naturally introduces a spiritual dimension. And may help you discover along the way in figuring out your own life's answers.
The possibility exists that all of the above are true. Now is there something I've missed? I am curious about where we writers differ and where we are similar. As a pantser myself, I wish I could see the end from the beginning. But it seems I need to concentrate on understanding my characters and let them make the right choices ... or wrong as the case may be. Actually wrong choices do make them more human. Then it's interesting to find out how they'll extricate themselves from the consequences of their stupid decisions!
Sigh. All the above is a glimmer, but doesn't prove how we come up with our stories. I'd be glad if you could add some ideas of your own to enlighten me. OR do you have a good answer when posed with the question of where your stories originate?
Rita Stella Galieh is a co-presenter on a Christian radio program
broadcast Australia-wide. She was a contributor to several US anthologies
published by Adams Media. An attendee at several conferences, she has judged for
ACFW, contributes to several other writers’ organizations, blogs weekly, and
participates daily on Facebook. After several years study at the Sydney National Art
School, she joined the family ceramics business before attending Emmaus Bible
College. Each year, besides Australia, she travels with her violinist husband
throughout Thailand, with permission from the Buddhist Government, to explain the
true meaning of Christmas.
This past year she has enjoyed presenting the amusing Etiquette of the Victorian Era to ladies and seniors fellowships, dinners, coffee evenings and similar functions. Her website is www.ritastellapress.com