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michael-seidel's picture
Mar.25.2014
Decided to do a search on invisibility in dreams as I finish my coffee.  Still have a half cup remaining.  So I searched.  The results cracked me up:  "Invisibility Cheap - Best Value for Invisibility".  "Invisibility - see deals for Invisibility and save." One, I think,...
alexandra-sokoloff's picture
Oct.06.2011
When people ask authors, “Where do you get your ideas?”, authors tend to clam up or worse, get sarcastic - because the only real answer to that is, “Where DON’T I get ideas?” or even more to the point, “How do I turn these ideas OFF?”   The thing is, “Where do you get your ideas?” is not...
marilyn-jaye-lewis's picture
May.26.2011
I have to google myself on the Internet in order to find a past interview with me from a few years ago, wherein I talked at length about my ideas for a story I was working on. I can't find my story notes anywhere else!! Thank God for the Internet! Anyone feel like doing some filing for me???? I...
alma-alexander's picture
May.06.2011
One of the perennial items tossed at every living writer in almost every interview is "Where do you get your ideas?" One well-known writer famously provided an address for an Ideas Shop in Schenectady (and had people TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY). I usually say that I have an Ideas Tree growing...
adele-annesi's picture
Nov.05.2010
I grew up watching offbeat Saturday afternoon westerns like "Sky King" on TV. Not very original and highly formulaic, series like these featured stories a kid could snack on without spoiling her dinner. They were also instructive on plot, setting and a bit of character development. Now,...
terry-odell's picture
Oct.14.2010
The Core Idea for Your Book, and Conflict, the Fuel of Your Story Bob Mayer gave a two-session workshop where he talked about the industry. By way of introduction, he started by saying, "Nobody knows what's happening in publishing, but it's happening fast." Here are a few of his...
christina-hamlett's picture
Mar.28.2010
The arrival of Daylight Savings Time early this year heralds the approach of a long stretch of summer for you to finally get cracking on that screenplay you’ve been wanting to write. There’s only one obstacle: Where to find a fresh story to whet the appetite of prospective producers and appease...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Oct.21.2009
Sometimes, inspiration for novels comes not from the full on imagination of my overripe and often bizarrely tuned mind.  I envision, dream, conjure, and then pull forth from that synaptic place a story.  Often, though, a novel comes from the world around.  I find tantalizing newspaper stories; I...
andrew-sean-greer's picture
Jul.20.2009
Okay. So I get asked this question about every other day, and it seems like I should update this page because my response before the movie came out is very different from how I feel after the movie came out. For a full history of Benjamin Button and Max Tivoli, you can look below. The executive...
thomas-a-hager's picture
Jan.21.2009
My problem is not that I can't come up with an idea for a book. My problem is that I come up with too many. EVERY DAY for the past several weeks I've had a brainstorm or two. At that first moment, the exhilarating instant when an idea springs forth full-formed and shining like Athena in armor, each...