David B. Coe: Ideas and the Creative Act of Faith

This will be my last post on Magical Words for a while. My two months here for the promotion of Dead Man’s Reach and His Father’s Eyes is over, and my larger promotional campaign, my Summer-of-Two-Releases Virtual Tour, is winding down. I think all this work has paid off; I hope it has. I’d like to see some nice sales numbers for these two books I love so much.

My focus now is on my next project, which is only just beginning to take shape. I have a magic system — one I really, really like — and I have a couple of characters in mind. But I don’t yet have a plot, or a central conflict. And that’s starting to bother me.

Where do ideas come from? Can they be forced? These questions have been rattling around in my head for some time now, as I struggle to figure […]

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Where Did My New New-Shiny Come From? Beats Me

“Where do you get your ideas?”

I’m asked that question all the time. People read my books or merely find out what I do for a living, and immediately they want to know where my ideas come from. And I never have a clue as to what to tell them.

I have a friend — a writer and editor — who keeps a jar with her for just such occasions. The jar is empty and has a label on it that simply says “Ideas.” So when she’s asked that question, she pulls it out and says, “Why, I get them from this jar of ideas!” People never really know what to make of it, but she and her writer friends think it’s hilarious.

The fact is, I’m not really sure I could trace the origins of any of my ideas. I suppose they come from inside my head, but they […]

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