The story this last week of the missing Malaysian Airlines plane is everywhere and, as I write this blog, the mystery surrounding what happened is still very much a mystery. In fact, right at the beginning of this sad occurrence I said to Miriam that it would be an incredible premise for a novel. And then there were the other events of this week that were top of the news–the explosion in Harlem that destroyed two residential apartment buildings and the deaths at the South By Southwest Festival due do a car going out of control. Those too, it occurred to me, as awful as they are, provide fuel for book ideas both fiction and non-fiction.
I often get my book ideas from the front pages of the newspaper; other ideas come from personal experiences or those of my friends and colleagues. And then, of course, there are other sources as well like the Ted Talk by Steven Johnson which I ran across as I was considering all of this.
So many of my clients – especially those who write fiction come up with wonderful book ideas one right after the other and I so appreciate their creativity. This has made me wonder more and more where all of these ideas come from. And so, I ask you, dear reader, where do you get your book ideas—are they from unusual personal experiences or are they torn from the headlines of the news of the day? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Oh, and one more thing, it’s Miriam’s Birthday today so everyone please wish her a very happy birthday!