Author interviews almost always include the question: Where do you get your ideas?
I’m currently contemplating that very thing. The first half of my idea for THE SEEDKEEPER’S SECRET – basically the inciting incident – popped into my brain one day during a random stream of consciousness about story ideas for kids. The second half of the idea gelled about six months later when something I saw on the news really captured my imagination. (No spoilers here!)
Then I sat with it, steeping in my brain for another year or so. I’d spend some think-time with it now and again, and I liked it more and more as time passed.
Then I went for it. I started plotting, started writing.
So now that I’m done and it has left the nest, I’m ready for another story. This time, though, I’m ready to start writing straight away. That means shortening the timescale by reducing the steep-time. I’m left with the following conundrum: how do you know which idea is worth pursuing? Which idea will make you fall deeper in love as you work for the next year? Which idea will you connect with so firmly that your faith in it will stay strong even through critique and rejection?
I’m flat-out not sure. So here’s my plan: I’m going to try out several ideas – write complete synopses for each, test them out a bit, and then choose the strongest.
But without the year-long steep-test, it feels like walking the high-wire without a net.