With my creative writing group we talk about all sorts of things apart from the particular topic we’re thinking about, although because we only have two hours together, I do try and bring people back on course!
Someone asked me where I get my inspiration from, and the answer is, almost anywhere! I see things, I hear things, I observe things, I think about things. making notes doesn’t work for me. When I come to read them I can’t remember mostly why I wrote it, or why I thought it significant, and sometimes I can’t even read my writing. I do sometimes start a piece of writing which may take years to become something: I don’t mean I take an old piece and carry on with it, but sometimes an idea within it, or an image it conjures sets me off on a new trail.
Inspiration isn’t just for the theme, but incidents, scenes, conversation, characters. When I saw an actor in the Danish drama ‘The Killing’ I just knew I had to use an expression on his face somewhere sometime, and he lurked about in my head until he became Thomas in my novel, Radwinter.
I don’t take notes, but I do take photos; the picture I’ve used as my featured image is of the gate to an abandoned graveyard at a former convent. When I saw it I just knew that sooner or later the image of the locked graveyard gates with the warning stuck on them would have to be in a story sooner or later… Maybe it will be in my new novel, Magick!