Guest Blog: Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell

Ideas, and Where They Come From

One thing that I think all authors have in common is getting ideas from the weirdest of places. Ask any author where they got the idea for their books, and a lot of the time you’ll receive an answer like, “I had a really weird dream”, or “I started to wonder: just who would win the fight between Dracula and a werewolf?”

I have pondered the latter (never written a book on it, though), and I will admit that Alex and I get a lot of ideas from our dreams and other odd places. I’ve written before about how I got the idea, in Blood Howl, for Redford’s character from a documentary about feral children. Blood Howl itself came from Alex and I pondering how two characters like Redford and Jed would interact. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – our book ideas come from characters first, and we structure the plot around how they would interact, with an added dash of wouldn’t it be interesting if.

We’ve gotten ideas from television commericals, art, interactions with people, from fairy tales, from urban myths. We like taking traditional themes and turning them on their head to see what happens, or putting two unlikely characters together.

It makes me wonder where other authors get their ideas from. If there’s any fantastically odd place that a book idea came from, or if anybody, somebody, out there regularly gets ideas from, I don’t know, staring at potatoes or shopping around in the supermarket. Alex and I would love to hear about them!

– Robin

About the Authors: Robin Saxon and Alex Kidwell live in the Midwest with their two cats, Starsky and Hutch. Their first book, Blood Howl, is available for sale at Dreamspinner Press. They can be found at their blog and on Facebook.

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Comments

  1. Really good points, thank-you. I know that there are a lot of interesting mental games writers can play to spur their imaginatons. I’d like to hear some details, too.

    rina.carnation@gmail.com

  2. Hi Robin! I’m currently reading Blood Howl and I’m enjoying it a lot! I read the post on Redford’s inspiration, and I saw the name Jeremy Renner and had to stop. I adore Jeremy Renner! I can’t wait to see him in The Avengers next year. 🙂

    I’m a frustrated writer, and I get all my ideas in the shower. Whether it’s a short story or an opening line or even a paragraph for a literature paper, everything comes to me in the shower. LOL.

    Beatrice
    beatrice.g.tan [at] gmail [dot] com

  3. For me ideas come from everywhere and it’s always interesting to hear where people get theirs. Some are really unsual but good.

  4. Thanks for the comments, you guys! We really do love talking to other people about writing and inspiration, this is a lot of fun.

    Beatrice, I’m not going to lie, I get a ton of ideas from the shower. Many a morning I’ve woken Robin up just to babble out some inspiration or I’ve dried off in a hurry to grab my laptop. What is it about the place that makes ideas form? I think it’s the suds. Soapy suds are the best.

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