Monday, April 11, 2016

I is for Idea - #AtoZChallenge

The word of the day is IDEA...

How do you come up with your ideas for your latest article or work-in-progress? For me, my ideas come from various outlets. Whether it be my imagination, a topic I’ve always wanted to research, news article, overhead conversations (yes, beware if I’m nearby…I’m eavesdropping), you name it…. Ideas come from endless avenues.

Looking forward to hearing how you come up with your ideas! 

Thanks in advance for sharing. Thanks for visiting!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

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  1. My ideas often come when I'm daydreaming about other things. Sometimes they're a bit crazy, others times they're useful.

    Cheers - Ellen |

  2. Most of my ideas have come from my dreams, which is why I always write down the good ones.

    1. Capturing dreams on paper is essential in remembering them and being able to develop them later!

  3. Like you, my ideas come from many sources. As Diane just mentioned I get a lot of ideas from dreams. Current events and print media articles also fuel my imagination often. A to Z has been a great prompting device for coming up with ideas.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

  4. My ideas come from music and movies.

  5. I've had ideas come from books and movies. Other times, something just pops in my head out of the blue. One recent story I've been working on came to me because I wanted to write someone who was usually seen as the bad guy as the good guy.

    ~Ninja Minion Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

    1. Excellent. Inspiration is found everywhere!

  6. Since I am blessed with Asperger Syndrome (autism spectrum disorder), my ideas come from strange places in my weird, autistic brain. For example, an old-west wagon train on an alien planet. Or a zombie apocalypse where zombies are not the big problem compared with wandering big-city politicians.


  7. I can't say where my ideas come from. I know I make a lot of notes and hope I find those when it's time to sit down and create something new. There's have the battle. Finding the notes. :-)

    1. LOL....I hear you on placing somewhere safe and then not being able to find it! Frustrating!

  8. I get my ideas everywhere, even from seemingly mundane things.

    1. Excellent! Even something that seems mundane can turn into an explosion of creativity!

  9. I get ideas all the time, from the news, from mysteries, dreams, and especially what if questions. I even got an idea for a book from a single writing prompt.

  10. My ideas come from things I've read in the newspaper or a book; a picture or a conversation; I write things down and let them simmer, sometimes for years. Recently, I read that Robert Louis Stevenson suggested thinking about a topic before bed and letting your dreams write the story. It sure worked for him!

    Gail’s 2016 April A to Z Challenge
    Theme: The Fun in Writing #218

  11. Love the transformation of an observation to an idea. It's so fulfilling!


    #AtoZChallenge- J for Just Joking!

  12. J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team. Thanks for stopping by Arlee's blog to comment on my Manhattan story.
    How has the first week of the challenge been for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs? Looking forward to Sunday off?
    My blog's giveaways are still going!
    Good list of books!

  13. Looks like I get my ideas pretty much the same way you do Donna!
    Rosa Temple writes...

  14. Yes, ideas do come from everywhere and at any time! Often in the shower...I am contemplating hanging a white board:)

  15. Sometimes my dreams, sometimes scenarios that are playing out in my real life, sometimes a song. :)


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