A golden question...any writer or indeed entrepreneur will concur with this....so where do we get them and how do we harness them?
Many a square-eyed, night has been spent in my boudoir (lovely pretentious word) staring blankly at my Mac (lovingly called Candy....Candy Apple....Apple Mac, judge me as you will) wondering what the hell is preventing my fingertips from producing the next big thing!
So surely there is some strategy or format? Maybe Google has the answer....I was about to say something blasphemous but I'll desist...any way back to the brief, my "idols" such as Spielberg, Tarrantino and Hitchcock must have some clever thing to say about this topic so I'll do a lil web search and post some epic excerpts or speeches from the great men:
(excerpt from Steven Spielberg: interviews - Google Books)
"....almost entirely from elements of other films, mainly what Tarantino refers to as "grindhouse cinema": a catch-all term for movies that played in cheap US cinemas in the 1970s - Hong Kong martial arts flicks, Japanese samurai movies, blaxploitation films and spaghetti westerns."
(excerpt from The Guardian online newspaper)
"Drama is like real life with the dull bits cut out."
(excerpt from www.goodreads.com)
And so you see ideas come from many different places, it's clearer to me now that a good idea doesn't come from one source, if it did we'd all be filthy rich. The last quote from the great Hitchcock caught my attention because after trawling through millions of quotes (slight hyperbole) I saw that in such a small sentence he was saying that the idea is the most natural of all, it comes from life and experience, then you make it a bit more colourful....apply this to a good idea, it starts off as some kind of basic, intrinsic need and then evolves into a useful device that fills an overlooked niche...long live the paper clip!