being ‘a landing strip for ideas’

Malcolm MacLeod via WikiCommons

…excerpted from the blog of Nick Ward, screen writer and tinkerer:

One of the questions I get asked the most is ‘where do your ideas come from?’ Usually I simply say: ‘I steal them from other people.’

But the truth is I have no real idea at all. I remember hearing a very successful writer say he never has any ideas, he simply spends all his time preparing a runway for the ideas to land. At the time I thought he was just giving us a glib answer. However in my ten years as a paid writer I have come to believe him.


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