"Where do you get your ideas?" New writers ask this of pros all the time. Their answers often vary from the trite to the uncivil to the dismissive, but seldom answer. Where do ideas come from—and how do you translate them into stories? Ken Rand has applied 35-plus years as a reporter, writer, editor and teacher, and has written and sold millions of words, exploring that question. At last, in a plain, unambiguous voice, with humor and authority, here’s your answer.
Theory: Learn where all writers, from Shakespeare to J.K. Rowling, get story ideas. It’s the same source and method you can tap—right now.
Practice: Learn how to go from idea to story—instantly, repeatedly, effortlessly, profitably—and do it again and again. Pros know this; now you know it too!
Where do you get your ideas? You’re holding the answer right now.
Bonus: an end to writers block; and a fresh beginning of innovative, fun storytelling. Equipment needed: none. Not even a pencil! Here’s why—and how!
"Ken’s presentation on idea generation is as practical, inspirational and engrossing as anything I’d ever heard."
—James Van Pelt
"Rand’s readable style is peppered with references to and quotes by writers from Raymond Chandler to Carl Jung. If you follow his lead, you too may be able to optimize your writing productivity, moving from idea to story and then be able to say, “the story wrote itself.”
—The Goblin Market
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ken Randwrote full-time from his home in West Jordan, Utah, until 2009. He wrote his first million words years ago and continued to write every day, no matter what, until shortly before his death. He sold dozens of stories and several novels as well as scores of interviews, hundreds of articles and several nonfiction books. He devoted hundreds of hours to teaching thousands of new writers. His philosophy: “Anybody can say you can’t write. Let nobody say you don’t.”