I'm not sure how other writers get their inspiration, but my best ideas jump out at the oddest times. Sure, I've had some decent scenes pop into my head while I was listing out concepts on paper or bouncing them off my husband, but the really good stories come out of no where. A conversation at work, an annoyance with a product, or daydreaming about the person in front of me at the coffee shop could each be a potential source.
Where I have failed to find a story has surprised me more than the sudden flashes of insight. I have not had success using my own fears as a basis for a story. I am typically much better off imagining a creepy character and building a story or focusing on a strange element. My fears are boring and, dare I say, normal. I wouldn't enjoy writing an epic battle about a woman conquering a tiny spider with a shoe. It just doesn't speak to me.
Strange thoughts pop into my head, but the real trick is getting it to sing on paper. I know an idea has really taken root and turned into something successful when someone I know reads it and looks at me like they are seeing me for the first time. That look usually says, "Who are you and what made you this way?" When writing horror, the words, "But, you look so normal," are actually a good thing.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Freelance writer and Dark urban fantasy author featuring vampires with bite.