It’s strange. I always say I don’t know how to come up with story ideas for flash fiction, yet I’m writing them almost daily now. I simply sit down to write and something comes to me, or it doesn’t.
I’m trying to subscribe to the school of thought that says ideas are cheap, it’s what you do with them that makes or breaks a story. Logically I believe this, but it’s much harder in practice. One of these days I’m going to have to take a really bad idea and turn it into a good story. If I can do that, then I’ll be a superhero or whatever.
The real super power would be to have the ability to come up with viable story ideas on demand. Sometimes that happens and on those days I feel like Stephen King. Other times I’m just another Margaret Mitchell.
Sometimes prompts work for me. Writing challenges are always good at getting my mind functioning, but I feel like I need more options.
So any other occasional superheroes (or supervillains) out there have tips on how to come up with ideas quickly? Specifically for short stories or flash fiction. Any and all advice is welcome. Don’t make me beg!