You often hear of writer's coming onto ideas from outside sources: a girl playing in the park, big or small events in history, their childhood (shoot, I did that with the novel I'm currently querying). But I recently inspired myself in two ways, first by digging into memories and second intentionally seeking out experiences to cultivate story ideas.
About a week ago, my husband and I moved the items in our small storage unit to a larger one so we'd have a place to store our outdoor recreational vehicles in the Wyoming winter weather. I decided to crack open a box, and discovered some albums and notebooks filled with pictures from my early family vacations and snippets of writing I'd jotted down. A bit of a story began to take shape in my head.
Almost a month ago, my mom asked if she could ride back home with me to help with the driving and my daughters. And on the way she wanted to stop and see her Father. I insisted if we were going that far south, we might as well stop and see some historical sites. Seeing the Aztec dwellings near my grandfather's formed a foundation for the story I'd barely started.
Ways such as these can help a writer spark their own creativity. Drawing from items or experiences of your own pave the way for a plot rich in personal details, emotions, and rev up all the senses. Have you ever fired up your own writerly genius? Has it lead to a novel plot or other creative processes?