Most writers gather story ideas from similar places—Bible verses, newspaper and magazines articles, tried and true story themes, observing life, and many more. One way authors become creative is to hear a friend or family’s story and take part of the idea, twist it, add new elements and come up with a totally different idea but one stimulated by a real event. Sometimes real events trigger story plots—the Civil War, 9/11, Jack the Ripper, sinking of the Titanic, the depression, and a zillion other real life events. Occasionally the event is local and is not well-known, but it too can elicit an idea.
My ideas often come from locations. I visit a town, and it arouses my to imagination, thinking of the kinds of people who live there and a problem they must face. Other times, I take a true event such as a small group’s hiking mishap or a woman’s death of her two babies and the stigma that follows. These events fall into my mind and connect with other pieces of story ideas and eventually connect into a novel.
Authors can dig through their experiences and life situations, hang on to the interesting pieces and find ways to put them together like a puzzle to form an amazing story. Sometimes the stories sit for years, but one day they will come to life and touch others who are struggling with a similar situation. They can provide hope and sometimes help dissolve the feeling of being alone. Our novels can change lives.