Today, I got a clipping in the mail from my friend J. She sent me this article. Pretty neat story involving the supernatural and handwriting, both of which figure in my novel.
I sent J. an e-mail thanking her and saying I might be able to borrow something from the little boy’s story for my novel. Five minutes later, I realized that this THING that happens in my novel might make much more sense if … I immediately started revising the chapter in which the THING happens.
People, send your writer friends clippings. Usually, it takes years for these kinds of things to turn into stories, but sometimes you might be providing them with instant inspiration.