You know what I love about writing novels? One idea lasts a long time. In the case of my current novel, going on two years. Dan Brown took something like six years to put out the book after Da Vinci Code. You get one good idea, and then lots of time to develop it. I never appreciated that. Once you find that one idea, every day that you sit at the computer, the core of your story is already there waiting.
Short stories? Not so much.
Every three weeks, I need a new idea.
And I've never been one to be at a lack of ideas. I have tons of them. A word document full of dribbles and thoughts and glimmers and notes.
But now that I actually have to sit down and flesh one out. One that has to have tension and stakes that get raised every sentence, and characters that leap off the page in 3D...
I got nothing.
I sit at my computer hour after hour writing a few words, a few pages, trashing them, staring, starting over, trashing that, more staring.
I am wandering. I am trying to convince myself I am not lost. But I am definitely wandering.
Where do you come up with your ideas?