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Writers' Corner

January 9, 2012

Where do your ideas come from?

By Gerald Warfield | Special to the Index

What if you could bring back dinosaurs by fertilizing reptile eggs with prehistoric DNA? Michael Crichton sold a lot of copies of “Jurassic Park” with that idea. Neil Gaiman, one of the superstars of speculative fiction, wondered if a baby could be raised in a graveyard by ghosts. Would it be possible? How would they change his diapers? Could they keep him hidden? The answers, in his novel “The Graveyard Book,” keep you turning the pages.

Dynamite ideas are hard to come by, and it’s only natural to wonder where a writer gets them. That question is made fun of by a lot of writers, but I take it seriously. For myself, I get most of my ideas from media coverage of nature. I saw a National Geographic special on how bees pollinate some unusual orchids in South America. I was fascinated and wondered, what if people pollinated orchids like that? What would be their motivation? And I was off and running.

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