• The Craft of Writing

    Finding Inspiration for Writing Fiction

    Where Does Inspiration Come From? I used to think authors got inspiration for their books in their dreams, as though book storks dropped off entire novels in their brains while they slept. I desperately wanted that to happen to me. But at the heart of that fantasy was the knowledge that dreams don’t usually produce entire books, and if ideas didn’t come in dreams, then where? And how would I ever get one good enough to turn into a book? Because I knew I wanted to write. I’ve been at it since I was a kid. In the seventh grade, I wrote a short story and my teacher told me…