- What's your favourite colour?
- Where do you do your writing?
to things like
- Where do you get your inspiration?
The first two are easy.... the inspiration question often isn't so easy. Quite often what the poser of the question means is a combination of -
- Where do you get your ideas?
- Where do the words that you write actually come from?
I have answers for all of these - some more satisfying than others. But every time i get asked the questions I always wish I had a better answer... the problem is, it's difficult to say where all ideas and words come from without simply saying Out Of My Head...
I've had a book idea rattling round inside my head for a little while now - I know characters and settings and bits of plot and conversation etc but I didn't quite have the words to start the story... and to be honest it was starting to get a little frustrating.
This morning, however, whilst carefully putting our wedding invitations into the postbox round the corner, the opening words came to me. I don't know what triggered these words off - there was certainly no one around that resembled the character that I'm writing about, nor was there a building similar in any way to the one in the story... but the words still came to me. Perhaps they came because I wasn't looking for them - Who knows?
All I can say is that I'm glad they are here... It now means that I can start the story at a good place. The beginning. Always a good place to start I think...