During interviews, book signings, and panel discussions, it's the question that professional writers hear more often than any other: Where do your ideas come from?
Some authors simply roll their eyes and plead ignorance. Others shrug it off with a wisecrack. ("Schenectady" is Harlan Ellison's stock reply.)
But to novice writers--college freshmen, for instance--the question calls for more than a joke. Finding a topic and coming up with something fresh to say about it can be the most difficult part of any writing project.
Fortunately, these ten writers have given the question some thought.
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