I tend to write myself into an idea. Even the Dark Crystal Author Quest involved me tapping away in order to find a story within the world they had created.
Sometimes inspiration comes from an image and sometimes a word… Suddenly the idea is there, glowing but just out of reach. I then use my words to net it.
But what makes a good idea? Well, it has to be interesting and engaging to the reader. I find it is pot luck though as to whether you hit the jackpot or not. Some of my favourite ideas people find uninteresting and others they love.
I am just about to start something new. Not sure what. The pile is huge but I will choose something I find interesting. After all, I will have to work on it for the next couple of months. I just have everything crossed that everyone else will agree with me.
This post was inspired by the daily prompt – brainwave.