But where do ideas for our writing come from? So many writers say the seed of their book came from a news article or an overheard conversation or a trip. Ideas are those free floating, invisible bits that you happen on or that happen on you. Have you ever considered how many ideas you've missed? I often think that if I'd only turned left instead of right, I would have written a totally different book. If I'd only ordered Russian tea and not that cappuccino, another character would have materialized instead of the one that did. If I'd only gone to Spain and not to Turkey, the setting . . . You get the gist.
Where do your ideas come from? Do you remember what triggered that last novel or short story? Do you think about ideas you might be missing out on just by making one choice instead of another? Do you think I'm nuts?
******I hope you'll take a vacation with me as I say Aloha to MARK KOOPMANS. He's a wild and joyful guy with a smile as big as the islands. He'll make you laugh, so come say hi today.
Then in New Jersey the lovely CYNTHIA WILLIS has let me drop in for a visit with my book. She's another one with a winning smile and lots to say about writing and life. Here are her books. They came from some lovely ideas. Hope to see you there.