Another question that I get a lot, which I'm passing on to you: Where do your story ideas come from? A subset of that, I guess, is how do they evolve from the "I have an idea!" stage to a full-blown story?

I suppose I should be answering my own questions, at least some of them. This one is easy for me. My ideas almost always come when I have an extended period of time alone, usually in the car. The details almost always work themselves out on long drives or long walks.

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Comment by J. F. Juzwik on February 6, 2009 at 3:06am
That's an interesting question. An idea can pop into my head at almost any time and I keep a little notebook handy and I'll jot it down and not think about it at that moment. I have specific times, in between the grandchildren, when I sit down to write, and I may try to get something down from a note I've made. But, generally, I'm the same as you are. We love to go for walks and while the kids are looking at this or that, there have been times when the details of a story (characters, events, etc.) are just there and I can't wait to get started.

When I did NaNo, I had kind of a faint idea of where I wanted to go and I finished the novel, but it ended up nowhere near where I originally had thought. I do like where it went, but I was amazed at how much it had changed. I entered another challenge, ViNo, and I completed that 50,000+ word novel as well, but they gave you a prompt for that one. In that case, it was "a map". You couldn't just mention a map, your story had to revolve around that subject.

As soon as I found out the prompt, it was crazy. A flood of things started running through my mind; characters, a plotline, a possible ending, and that was the easiest 50,000 words I have ever written. Go figure.

It's funny how it's never the same. Sometimes a hint comes, sometimes a whole story pops into your head. I think that's what I love most about writing. Creating occurs anytime, anywhere, at all different stages. Joyce

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