Where do ideas come from?

‘Where do you get your ideas from?’

It’s a question most writers will be asked at some point.
If you look around at the world, stories are everywhere – the latest news report, your grandfather’s adventures as a boy, a relationship between two famous people made public, a new type of scientific discovery that might change the lives of hundreds of people…

The very fabric of life is story – layers of events that have already happened, are presently unfurling or are yet to come, maybe. Our memories, hopes and fears are all stories. Not only do stories form the basis of human experience, they are also currency which we use to negotiate in relationships; gossip, jokes, promises, and even commitment – when we merge our stories with others, and maybe a new story will be created.

As a writer, many of the tales I tell come from my response…

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