So what makes an idea? I was just talking with my Daughter about different ideas in my books and this picture came to mind. It's blurry but I like to call it an, "Action Photo." Seriously, this picture is my oldest son standing on top of a garage in an alley in Chicago. Now you may ask yourself, what is my son doing on top of a garage in the city? Well, he's being a boy of course, tossing things at squirrels, rats and people—Don’t worry, he had his rabies shot and he was defending himself against my Dad.
The thing is, he was being a boy. It’s what we laugh about when we’re older. It’s also something that inspires me to write. Watching them play like that reminds me of things I used to do as a kid and it brings ideas together. Everyone has a, “Remember when” story to tell. I just like to take them to another place is all.
Originally posted on Dec. 2, 2011