I took my own advice last night: after thinking hard about what kind of story I want to create, I slept on it. Early this morning I had two ideas floating around in my head.
The one I like best has its roots in The Egypt Game, a book I loved when I was around 12. When in college, I tried to write my own Egyptian story, but nothing really came of it. My new idea combines elements I'm drawn to: magic, multiple dimensions, and things not being as they seem. (A cat that's more than a cat, for example.)
How about you? Did any ideas spark by thinking about the genres or styles you like to read? From now until August 1, I'll be posting creativity-sparking tips and questions for (1) developing an idea for a story, and (2) planning that story. Whether you decide to actually write it is up to you.
Homework: Continue playing around with genres or specific books you like. People say you should write the book you would love to read. At some point today, sit quietly and ponder: If you could read any story in the world, what would it be like? Make a list of whatever comes to you.
Author, writing coach, home school mom; native of the Pacific Northwest.