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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Writers Quote: Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?

     At writers' conferences and book signings, authors are almost always asked, "Where do you get your ideas?" This fascinates fledgling writers, especially those who feel they haven't done enough with their lives that's the least bit interesting.

     Yet, ideas abound. From where you are sitting at this very moment, you can generate more ideas than you will ever use. Scan a newspaper or magazine. Do any of the stories pique your interest? There may be another slant the writer neglected to explore or you may read a local story that is perfect for a national market. And don't forget your early life as a rich source of ideas--remember the high points and low points, the traumas and joys. [My advice: if you want to get published,  forget your early life. The coming of age book is an overworked genre.]

Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Pen on Fire, 2004

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