Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas



Probably the most common question people ask me about writing is where I get my ideas. Generally, I tell them my ideas come from living a full life. Recently, I got an idea from death.

My husband’s brother’s wife died from bone cancer on Saturday. The diagnosis came just after the first of the year, giving her and her family very little time to grasp the new reality.

A few days before Vickie died, I had a death dream. One moment I was driving a car around a bend and the next I was floating above a field. Immediately I realized that although I was outside above a frost covered the field—I wasn’t cold. Wind moved the trees, but I felt nothing as I watched the scene of the accident. A few minutes later all sounds disappeared and everything around me became eerily quiet.

I thought of my husband and suddenly I was where he was. I watched him receive the news of my death. I had the same experience with each of my children.

I woke before dawn and I did what I often do when I’m upset. I put on my running shoes, plugged in my IPod and headed outside. The world was covered with frost (I was in Washington, visiting my family—the world in California, where I live, is rarely covered in frost) but unlike in my dream, my feet were firmly planted on the ground.

As I ran I thought about my dream and related it to writing. In my dream I was able to watch my loved ones receive the news of my death, but what if a writer was able to watch readers read her books? How would that change the writer and her work?

This is just one example of how one writer (me) gets her (my) ideas. To see the ideas that became books, please visit my blog at kristystories.blogspot.com

About Kristy Tate

USA Today bestselling author Kristy Tate has come a long way from small-town Washington. Her avid curiosity and love of reading have carried her to thirty plus countries. (She loves to travel to the places she reads and writes about.) She's the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling and award-winning Beyond Series and the Kindle Scout winning Witch Ways series. She writes mysteries with romance, humorous romance, light-hearted young adult romance, and urban fantasy. When she's not reading, writing, or traveling, she can be found playing games with her family, hiking with her dogs, or watching movies while eating brownies. She is also a popular public speaker and presents writing workshops for schools, libraries, and fundraisers. All proceeds donated to charity. References available upon request.
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5 Responses to Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas

  1. JoanReeves says:

    I’m sorry for your family’s loss, Kristy.


  2. Mona Risk says:

    I’m sorry about your sister-in-law, Kristy. Ideas come from our daily life, sad or happy events. All my books originated from an event in my life or someone close to me.


  3. susanrhughes says:

    Sorry to hear about your loss. What an interesting dream.


  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    I am sorry for the loss your family has experienced this weekend. It’s hard to contemplate the ideas that generate from that kind of trauma so close to it happening. Warm thoughts for you and your family.


  5. Kristy, reading this gave me chills–in case you were wondering. I think you pose a very intriguing question about what writers would see if they could watch readers reading their books. Thanks for sharing your dream/nightmare and yourself.


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