Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Writers are often asked where they get their ideas. I had an interesting experience with this on Sunday, when I was talking to my nieces and nephew, who are 8, 11, and 15. They know I'm a writer, and although we don't talk in extensive detail about my books--I certainly wouldn't let the kiddos read my very adult stories--they do ask what I'm writing. It's kind of cute.

Anyway, I was talking with my 11-year-old niece about the story I want to write for NaNoWriMo this year in November. I was speaking about it in very general terms, as I always do with the kids: it's a futuristic about a heroine who is a former criminal and wants to turn her life around, etc. So she pipes up with, "I have an idea." I was expecting to hear one of her more fantastic ideas, such as the ones she's given me in the past. Instead, she says, "Why don't you have her sister be a criminal still so they have to fight?"

Huh, I thought. Why not, indeed?

It's a simplistic concept, as one might expect from an 11-year-old, and it may turn out to be another family member rather than a sister, but still . . . it's got definite possibilities.

Writers get ideas from everything around them, even from 11-year-old nieces.

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