I'm not even a famous author but I get asked where I get my ideas from at least once or twice a month and much more frequently when I have a piece go viral online. Famous authors seem to get that question again and again. Why do people ask it? I've never understood it. The act of living generates ideas, so many ideas it's utterly impossible to do anything about the vast majority of them. Don't those who ask that question notice the ideas constantly popping up in their own minds?
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Thank you for adding pieces to the puzzle. I hope to figure out how to help people see their own ideas.
What's pretentious about thinking absolutely everyone has ideas? I'm nothing special and I always have ideas except under intense stress. I didn't say great ideas or specific ones, just ideas. Most of mine are lousy but I'm always having them.
Actually, BruceDPrice, your use of the word "pretentious" in your comment seemed to have a rather pejorative flavour to it, and, not wishing to offend, I could just as roughly describe your answer as pretentious itself.
That's a really good reason and a perceptive answer. I'd rather have people ask rather than lay some interpretation on my poetry that has nothing to do with what drove its creation.
I wonder if people have just encountered too many people like those in your last sentence to value their ideas enough to even recognize them? Thanks for the insight.
Most writers, most people like to have their egos stroked.
I tend to take what people say at face value so this did not occur to me. Thank you.
I think all writers and people in general get ideas from their experiences and it's often quite obvious from their writing. You've made me curious, so now I'm off to your profile to see what books you've written!
It's beginning to sound like uncertainty plays a role in it. Thank you.