R.L. Stine
R.L. Stine asked Joseph Finder:

Where do you get your ideas?

Joseph Finder The classic question! Every writer will say this is the question we hate most, but when writers get together, this is the question we ask each other. What I always say is that ideas are everywhere. On the front page of the paper (and especially on the obituary page). In line at Starbucks. Waiting for a train or a plane — you always see weird stuff happening when people are traveling. The key is to notice the unusual and always be asking, "Why?" Why did that guy suddenly leave the checkout line when he got that phone call? Why did that woman just burst into tears? What would have happened if that babysitter hadn't grabbed the kid who was running toward the edge of the subway platform? Getting ideas is never the problem; the challenge is deciding which idea is strong enough to support a whole book. I'll never have enough time to write all the books I have ideas for. Thanks for asking!

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