Ideas – Where I get them

I’m often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?”  Well, I did get the nickname ‘Old Weird Don’ at a very early age.  Seriously, for me story ideas and scene ideas come from forcing myself to look at experiences, people, and events from different points of view.  I learned the value of this while working in the R&D laboratories in Silicon Valley.  There we always tried to have a team of engineers with different ethnic backgrounds, and therefore different problem solving techniques.  One approach may not have solved the problem of the time, but the approach always seemed to trigger advancement from somebody else.  So I spin an experience, for example, around and around until I find what is, to me, an interesting way to present it.

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