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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

This question has been asked of writers since the beginning of time and, in my experience, it is most often posed by aspiring writers who are battling a case of imposter syndrome.


Imposter syndrome strikes when that little voice inside tells us that we are not good enough, smart enough, or strong enough to accomplish things that other writers have. It tells us we have no ideas, or that the ideas we do have are terrible. My goal for this blog is to help the online #WritingCommunity to collectively tell that voice to buzz off.


Alright, so telling that voice to "buzz off" will probably accomplish very little, but as an author and professor, the best way that I have found to move beyond it is to focus our energy on tangible tasks that propel us toward practical writing goals. And what better place is there to begin than with the question -- where do you get your ideas?


The following video provides a glimpse into my own writing process, illustrating how a memory blended with recent expereinces led to the creation of my short story "Service," which was first published by The Sheepshead Review in December of 2015.


If you're interested in how this idea turned out, feel free to read "Service" by CLICKING HERE.


I hope that this might helpe some of you on your own writing journey. Until next time--happy writing, and I'll see you online!

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