I spend the majority of my week generating creative content for class. Whether I am writing an essay, workshopping with my peers, submitting manuscripts, or analyzing stories there is always a focus on idea generation.
Where do ideas come from? And how, exactly, do authors find their inspiration?
When I’m not writing for a class, I gravitate towards creative nonfiction. This genre is fun because it’s based on facts, but you can also lie. For some reason, I hear that definition in John Mulaney’s voice, don’t you?
This past week I have worked on consistently collecting material. I have been jotting down my observations whenever I can, treating my sentences like sketches. While what I am sharing today is by no means polished, this post is meant to demonstrate how I find inspiration and generate ideas. Blank pages are intimidating, but by simply recording the world as I see it, I can easily generate material to refine and explore further in the future.
These little notes are like excerpts from a field journal—they are initial observations, judgements, and thoughts all jumbled together. This is just one example of my process as a writer. I am always curious to read about how artists come up with new ideas and I hope you’re curious too (: