So many times when I go speak to writers at conferences and workshops or when I do school visits, people ask me, "Where do you get your ideas?" I have a million places where I get my ideas. But the idea for my first novel Boy Proof came from working a totally odd job. I was working for my friend Phil's Production Transcripts company doing as a Time Coder.
At first, I thought it was a miserable job. But in the end, even the dreary can be inspiring.
Before I was writing full-time, as I try to manage to do now, I made sure to clear as many weeks as possible to write. I always tried to make it a point to live by my motto: "All Art All the Time." This meant I took a lot of temp jobs -- something that I could do for a set period of time, pay my rent, buy some groceries and then take a few weeks off to write some more.
FYI Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways in which she's getting attention for Red Room's authors.
Causes Cecil Castellucci Supports
Interstitial Art Foundation
Doctors Without Borders