How do your ideas for a manuscript start?
Do you find you start with a character? Place? Event? Inspiration from a Dream? Memories? Quotes? Concepts?
I guess it's only fair I answer this question before I force you to...
For me, it varies.
FRACTION OF STONE (to be released March 2013! Eep!) was inspired by Akara, the female protagonist. I wanted to create the most broken girl imaginable. Then I realized I needed to put her in a story.
ALREADY THERE, my collab with the great Jen Morris, started with two sisters. We wanted to write about two sisters from alternating point of view. Okay... what should those two sisters do?
THE CRICKET PROJECT, my YA Science Fiction currently under major revisions, was inspired by a concept, an idea. What if we could make anything happen (a wish, essentially) by using the energy of a star? Then I needed characters to tell this story.
So, how do your ideas for a manuscript start?