Browsing All posts tagged under »ideas«

What’s in a Writer’s Notebook?

February 5, 2013 by


So this one time? In undergrad? …this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. It’s not. I swear. It’s the answer to a question several people asked after my last post. I mentioned a class where I asked if I could hand in the final assignment on the first day. I had more than […]

Three Things I Think You Need In Your Life Today

April 18, 2012 by


This isn’t a trailer for the TV mini-series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens that’s still in development.   This claims to be the world’s most dangerous sport. I’m not sure if that’s true. It certainly looks dangerous. And fun. Although I’m pretty sure the only reason Paul S showed it to me was because of […]

In This, As In Everything, Context Is King

February 27, 2012 by


Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” The honest artist answers, “I steal them.” — Austin Kleon Writers are thieves. No, really. We have to be. There are only so many stories out there. Only so many words. Everything we create is a remix in some way. Everything derivative. A reproduction, […]

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

February 21, 2012 by


Someone asked me the other day, How do you come up with ideas for your stories? I resisted the urge to laugh, because weirdly that’s the question writers seem to get asked the most. I say ‘weirdly’ because my instinctive response was along the line of, How do you breathe? I really have a hard […]