Maybe I should have named my blog Potpourri or Pastiche or simply a Savory Stew because I aim to throw a lot of different things into the pot, mostly about reading, writing and art, but many other things, too, because I’ve lived a long time and have a lot of interests. I also will include here thoughts of others I come upon who share my loves. Including those of you who care to share your thoughts and impressions.
Where do ideas come from?
posted by Ed Farber on May 14, 2013

In a forthcoming interview (I’ll let you know when it will appear) one of the interview questions was: Where do your ideas come from?

Interesting question. All of our ideas come from the synapses in our brain but how do they get into our brain? Many ways: reading, viewing, conversation, true incidences and many more, all of which may trigger an idea that we shape into a story. Ideas just happen. What we do with the idea is what is most important.

Usually an idea lodges in the brain where it simmers and stews until it bubbles up into consciousness. From that point, it requires tons of effort to turn it into a story. And how that creative process works is still a mystery to me.

Some of the ideas for the stories in my new book, are based on actual events. For example the story Papa’s House evolved from a true incident that happened to my father, reshaped and colored by my own imagination, of course. You can read that story in the Books and Story section of this website

Another story took shape after a casual conversation about Ouija Boards and resulted in my ghost story, The Lady in Red, also in the book.

Where have your ideas come from?  I’d be real interested to hear. So make a comment below.





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