Inspiration can come from anywhere; all an author has to do is stay “tuned in” to capture those ideas, those kernels, that form the nucleus of a new story. I’m a visually-oriented person, and a large percentage of my ideas come to me through things I see. Art, photos, TV, movies, and real life supply me with an endless stream of possibilities. Add questions to visual images, and you have a sure-fire way to generate new ideas.
to Pinterest. I’ve had to restrict my access. I’m considering the services of a counselor. Should I form a support group? Pinterest is my reward for reaching word count goals because Pinterest cannot be up while I’m writing. I can’t handle the temptation. Once I’m on Pinterest, I must limit my time there. Just until 10. Just 30 minutes. Then, go to bed. Go. To. Bed. I love Pinterest because the pictures fire my imagination. If you aren’t acquainted with Pinterest, beware. For visually-oriented people like me, the site is a major “time sink.”
Teachers know the intelligence in a room of students is exponentially larger than the intelligence of a single individual. Remember, I’m not talking about wisdom. I’m talking about number of facts known, depth of experience, and the potential for ideas. Pinterest leverages the intelligence of the group. According to an LA Times article published today, in July of this year there were 23 million users of Pinterest, up from 1 million a year ago. Like a hive of bees, the members of Pinterest gather links to pin on Pinterest, grouping them on boards. The links they pin are represented by images. Those links represent so much more intelligence and research than any one bee could collect, and it’s growing by the second.
What’s your favorite source of story ideas?