One of the wonderful things about being a writer is the stories and ideas that come my way. A common question that people ask when I give presentations is where do I get my story ideas? The answer: everywhere. I have come up with story ideas from newspapers, television, people I meet, friends and waking up in the middle of the night. A reader emailed me an idea that I used in one manuscript.
Also, when I give speeches, people occasionally share stories and jokes with me. Here’s one. I was told about going on SKI vacation—Spending, Kids Inheritance.
Then one of my current projects, writing the story of a World War II veteran, came about because a mutual friend introduced us. After hearing his wonderful stories of being an infantryman in Europe, prisoner of war and liberated by the Russians, we began a collaboration.
What I’ve learned—keep the eyes and ears open and enjoy the discoveries.