My fourth grade son has an interesting writing assignment this week that requires imagination. The prompt is that there is a secret door in the bathroom (Lost in Austen, anyone?) and the students are supposed to write about where it leads.
This got me thinking about where I'd like a secret door to take me.
Personally there are places I'd like to visit: Ireland; Hawaii; Williamsburg, VA. Professionally, a secret door would be a huge research bonus. Would I want my door to take me back in time to the middle ages? Perhaps to Regency England? Or the old American west? Maybe I'd have it lead to a huge library, which would be awesome not only as a writer but also as a reader. Also as a reader, the possibility of going into a book would be hard to resist.
Back to the point...which is that inspiration can really come from anywhere. A news story. A history book. A fourth grade writing assignment. Pay attention to the little things that resonate with you. You made find a story there.
A question for my readers: where would your secret door lead?