“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”
— Orson Scott Card, an American author primarily known for science fiction
Observation is a key writer’s trait. Sometimes I sit on my front porch and watch the world go by for hours–but that’s work!
In those hours, stories swarm. They get tested for plausibility–and most are rejected after noodling on them just a few moments. The ones that last … well, they last. Eventually they may be developed, but mostly they are just creativity’s food.