I'm sure every writer has heard this question more than once. Can you answer it? Because I can't.
Ideas come from everywhere. Sometimes they come from nowhere, as when I'm standing in the shower or lying in bed nearly asleep and the ol' brain suddenly says, "Hey, here, have a fantastic idea that would probably win a prize or something" and then the ol' memory says "Hey, forget about that" before I can write it down.
In the case of my NaNo 2013 idea, it came from a picture.
By the way, in case I forgot to mention, I've decided to take a swing at NaNo 2013. What the heck, right?
At any rate... I was scrolling through my Tumblr dash one night several weeks ago when I ran across this photo:
That, in case you follow no fandoms at all, is Kate Beckett (from Castle) sitting on the Iron Throne (from Game of Thrones). The original picture was not wallpaper-sized, but I decided it was too awesome not to sit on my desktop for awhile. I actually put it on my second monitor. And about a week ago, I glanced at it, and the main character of my next new story looked back at me.
It is going to be glorious, in the way of most alternate-universe fanfictions, which is to say that it's likely to be a hot mess. But I'm really, really excited about starting it. I cleaned off my white board and wrote down the names and functions of the main characters, and I can actually visualize the opening scene in my head.
I'm really excited about starting this story.
Where did your most recent fantastic idea come from?