Monday, November 30, 2009
A Novel Idea - Pun Intended
So I was sitting in church on Sunday and was struck with a novel idea. Or rather, a series of novels. All of the novel-ly sort. The story would be somewhat of an allegory of the following books of the Bible--Ezra, Nehemiah, and a few parts of others.
Do you know the story? Maybe, maybe not...it is much lesser known. The books chronicle the events of Nehemiah, Ezra, and Zerubable (I likely spelled that wrong) as they strive to rebuild the wall, temple, and homes of Jerusalem after the Persians burned it. Anyhow, I had a neat idea for a series of books following this story line.
A few weeks before I had one of my best ideas come out of a lesson my youth pastor gave.
And Redemption's Journey came from an educational reading game in combination with my dad's explanation of LOTR.
On top of all this, in the same week, I heard about a neat idea my buddy Jacob Parker came up with from a dream.
And so I got to thinking, where do my ideas mostly come from? Where do most writers' ideas come from?
It seems to me that most of my ideas are coming out of sermons--or any other place I hear someone say something cool. Songs, teachers, anything. People spend forever coming up with just the right analogy for a presentation they are going to give and I like to steal them for story ideas. And as I look over my past as a writer, that seems to be where most of mine are coming from.
So let's get some discussion going. Where do your ideas come from? Do you have any ideas at all? If not, do you want some? Maybe you can try something somebody suggests for your next story.
Let's get chatting.