Writers are often asked how they find their ideas.
Author Stefanie Freele says "the world gushes prompts," and in the latest Glimmer Train bulletin, she gives us a thought-provoking prompt to help us explore the ideas surrounding us:
Pretend you have been gifted the day off from life tomorrow. Someone else is going to step in and be you. Your substitute has already been briefed on the basics: your routine, where you work, your schedule, your general lifestyle and responsibilities. He or she will take care of it all. However, your stand-in doesn't know your idiosyncrasies, your quirks, your foibles, your eccentricities. You need to fill the substitute in on the peculiar details: Since you're going to be me tomorrow, you'll need to know the following …
Go read the Freele's full article, "On Gathering Material."
Or click here for the newest Glimmer Train bulletin, with wonderful advice for working writers.