This is probably the most frequent question that writers, innovators, and creative people get asked. One of the most popular answers is ‘From Life’. Some other answers are: dreams, television, conversations, walks, day dreaming, music, reading, and a whole lot more. The answer varies from writer to writer and basically comes down to: From Life.
Mine come in dreams some of the time. These ones are always interesting because I’ll find myself having a marathon of dreams for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Serial dreams, where the dream I had last night will pick up tonight as soon as I hit the dream realm. One dream after another until the entire story-movie has been played out and I’ve jotted it down in my journal.
I don’t always recognize a dream as a story idea right away. Sometimes it takes a couple of nights and a little pondering over my dream journal to figure it out. Once it hits me, though, I’m off on a marathon and the clarity of the dream becomes technicolor with surround sound. Pretty awesome.