Some very nice people have weighed in with their ideas on how they get ideas. Someone said something about me having writer’s block. I don’t. I’ve had that and this isn’t the same thing.
I’ve had it twice, in fact. The first time was in the 80’s. When I’d go to the typewriter I’d get a panic attack and I’d hyperventilate which made me feel as though I was going to faint. Not exactly conducive to writing. So I stopped going to the typewriter for a year or two or three. When I went back I’d become Jack Early.
I published the last of my Laurano series in 1998. I wrote one book between then and 2004. The book in between those dates was rejected all over the place. This was partly because I was doing something I always warn writers against. I tried to write for the market and not because it was something I wanted to write or in the way I’d normally write. It wasn’t a good book. How could it be?
Over those 7 years I’d say I had a form of writer’s block. I didn’t hyperventilate or faint when I’d sit down at the blank page of Word on my computer because I didn’t go at all. Some of that was due to a clinical depression that went on for a full year until the right medication clicked in. But some of it was because I didn’t want to write. And I felt I couldn’t.
All of the above was very different from what I feel now. I want to write. I can’t afford to take time off. The days dwindle down. I don’t have a writer’s block, I just don’t have an idea. Yet.
And I’m so glad people are leaving comments about how they get ideas. I find it interesting and I might just try some of the suggestions.