If I could stop procrastinating, I could write at least fifty short stories from all the story-starters in my “percolator,” a big blue binder that houses my writing life. I used to make the excuse that “I would write if I just had some ideas.” But I have gobs of ideas; they fly at me from everywhere. Sometimes I capture them right away (QuickVoice, people!), but some escape.
My best places to get ideas, if you need a few:
- Random words I overhear: (“I’d be dead by now if not for her,” “We just wanted a quiet holiday, I swear,” “This tractor is a time machine” (okay, my kid said the last one, but it’s still pretty cool)
- Michio Kaku’s weekly science radio show, Explorations, on public radio
- BoingBoing, a usually interesting blog (especially Gadgets)
- Wired Magazine (they’re kinda snarky and sensational sometimes, and have permanent wood for anything gadgety, but ideas emerge)
- Dreams (really!)
Obviously, my ears perk up to tech topics, and that’s where the fresh fodder for sci-fi hides out.
I think the key is to write down anything vaguely interesting or catchy, even if it sounds absurd (especially if it sounds absurd).