On digging out the best ideas

by lucycruickshanks

Where do ideas for novels come from? What is it that makes an idea great?

Hunting ideas can feel like hunting gemstones, but as my characters in The Road to Rangoon discover, life rarely throws up giant, perfect gems. Ideas are like rubies, imperfect and hidden but always waiting. They are brief flashes through the dirt and darkness, glimpses of fleeting, dazzling possibility. The trick is in noticing them, recognising their worth as they glitter momentarily, in teasing them out from the rubble of life and refining them, posing the questions that polish them to a shine.

Today I’m chatting to Women Writers about inspiration – a subject I’m often quizzed on by writers and readers alike. Morning!

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