Because my lifestyle is pretty slow-going, stay-at-home, no fancy job or travel all the time (which is fine by me), I turn to simple avenues to help inspire story ideas. Here are a few ways I get inspiration.
Don't know about you, but sometimes finding space away from the kids, the noise, the stress, is in the shower. That's the perfect place to clear your mind and do a little plotting.
At Church/The Bible
I hope I don't offend anyone with this, but I have let my mind wander during church. The pastor will give a really good message or refer to a passage in the Bible, and I'll think, "Wow, I should really teach my character that lesson," or "That would be a great verse to base my book on." Not only that, the Bible is all about people who lived and learned and grew and went through struggles just like us, and just like our characters. A great place find fodder or inspiration for our work.
But of course we'll find inspiration from other story-telling avenues. If you're looking for a new idea or some inspiration for what you're currently writing, these are great places to look.
In the Car
Sometimes the only time I have to stop and think is when I'm going from one place to the next. Many times I'll turn down the radio, tune out the voices in the back if there are any, and get to know my characters.
Doctor's Office/Waiting Room/Hair Stylist
Again, here all you're doing is waiting. Places like this sometimes give you the opportunity (whether you like it or not) to think, so bring along a notebook and use it to help plot your story or think of another great conflict.
Doing the Laundry/Dishes
Same as above. Great thinking time. And we all know writers are fabulous multi-taskers.
I know many of us out there have gotten inspiration for a story from a dream. Not only that, some dreams are so vivid, they're great for helping to bring life to our story descriptions.
Sure we can find story ideas or inspiration for our current WIP's anywhere, but these are some of my favorite--and most used--places.
Where do you commonly find story ideas or inspiration for a story you're already working on?
***photos by oxygenics and Darwin Bell