Guest Post: Where Do Writing Ideas Come From? by Pembroke Sinclair


It seems that people always want to know where writers get their ideas from.  I get it.  When I’m reading a book and I’m transported to this wonderful, amazing world, I think: Wow!  How did the author come up with this?  There’s seems to be some sort of magic involved because I would never in a million years come up with an idea like that.

In reality, writing ideas come from tons of different places—and not all of them are as magical as the writing on the page leads the reader to believe.  Most of my ideas come from dreams or are inspired by reading another book or watching TV.  When these ideas hit, it’s usually because I have a question about something I watched or read, so I go out to find the answer and discover something interesting that I want to share with others.

I’ve had ideas come to me by overhearing conversations in public places.  My kids have inspired ideas for stories.  And, honestly, sometimes it’s just the voices in my head bugging me until I write down what they’re saying.

The idea for Wucaii came from my desire to write a fantasy novel and  also from being curious about what it was like to be a hybrid.  In my work, I’m always looking for the answer to the question: what does it mean to be human?  And having a hybrid seemed like a good way to answer it.

I believe the reason we’re so intrigued with knowing where an idea comes from is because it gives us a little more insight into the author.  Perhaps it helps us understand the meaning behind their words or why they wrote that particular story.  There’s an intimacy between the author and reader when we know where the idea came from.  Not to mention it’s just kind of fun.

No matter where an idea comes from, the story has to be something the writer is excited about writing.  That enthusiasm will come through on the page and draw the reader into the world.  It will make them care about the characters.  It will make them want to read more.

*About Pembroke Sinclair*


Pembroke Sinclair is a literary jack of all trades, playing her hand at multiple genres. She has written an eclectic mix of fiction ranging from horror to sci-fi and even some westerns. Born in Rock Springs, Wyoming–the home of 56 nationalities–it is no wonder Pembroke ended up so creatively diverse. Her fascination with the notions of good and evil, demons and angels, and how the lines blur have inspired her writing. Pembroke lives in Laramie, Wyoming, with her husband, two spirited boys, a black lab named Ryder, and a rescue kitty named Alia, who happens to be the sweetest, most adorable kitty in the world! She cannot say no to dessert, orange soda, or cinnamon. She loves rats and tatts and rock and roll and wants to be an alien queen when she grows up.

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(Extra special thanks to Pembroke for not only being my very first guest post ever but for doing an awesome job!!! Make sure you check out her book Wucaii!! ~Sara)