How Did You Think of That?
I wish that I had a magical answer to give when people ask that – I’d like to say that a beautiful, evanesecent, mysterious creation appeared when I sat down to brainstorm – but it wouldn’t be called brainstorming, it would be called something more exotic, like “channeling the muse”. And, then this amazing, fickle, tempermental muse dances around me, chanting and sprinkling ephemeral muse dust on my head and hands.
But… that’s not how it works for me at all.
How it works for me:
Answering the Great “What If”
Sometimes it starts as a whisper of an idea, a quick observation that floats by. Other times, it’s two incongruent thoughts, two random ideas that don’t seem to go together, but then, you think “what if” those ideas collided.
WHAT IF there was a young woman during the Great Depression who had been raised poor in the rural countryside and went through the motions to meet expectations of what “decent” people should do
And, then …
Visit Jean’s blog if you want to find out more about the inspiration behind Josephine.
What’s your writing process? How do you come up with the ideas for your blog posts, poems, novels, photographs? I’d love to know in the comments.
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photo credit: Lynn (Gracie's mom) via photopin cc