I often get asked, “Where do you get your ideas?”  Usually asked with the same tone and inflections as, “Where do you get your shoes?” Or its alternate, “How do you come up with your ideas?”

I’ve heard and read a lot of stock answers to these questions and also said them myself: I go for a walk, I people watch, I listen to music, etc. And then I realized that none of those actually answer the questions because they’re nearly impossible to answer.

For the first question: “Where do you get your ideas?” Well, it isn’t like there is an idea store I can go to and browse through the isles putting a box of character, a jar of setting, and a can of inciting incident into my cart. Where do I get them? Hell if I know. They get me. They find me. Somewhere, deep in my subconscious maybe…

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