I've read no less than four posts in writers' blogs today (admittedly one from an archive) about authors' being presented with the question, "Where do you get your ideas from?"
I'm posted to 'fess up.
I quite literally don't understand the question and so am at a loss as to how I might someday answer it, should my writings prove successful enough that people might be inclined to ask. I guess there are some writers who keep a source file of newspaper stories they might someday turn into books or something. Is that what people want to know when they ask?
Because honestly, I don't do anything of the sort. I'm always thinking, pondering, conceiving, imaging, wondering... Those are my ideas. I don't have the foggiest where they come from. I don't think that's a good answer to the question.
So. Writers and readers -- if you are ever inclined to ask this question, or know someone who is, can you clue me in? What's at the root of this inquiry? What is it the the asker really wants to know?