Goodreads asked Holly Black:

How do you get inspired to write?

Holly Black For me, most of the time I have an image in my head that gives me a feeling and a ton of what I'm doing in terms of figuring out the story is actually trying to discover a story that fits with the image and which gives me the same feeling. Occasionally, though, I start with a particular set of circumstances and exploring those is what gets me started. But it's all about having an the piece of business that does inspire you.

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