Wow, so I guess a lot of you spent some time thinking about Twitter, based on the response to my last post. Thank you for all your thoughtful comments. I'm not giving up on Twitter--I think I'll let it simmer on the back burner until I'm ready to exploit its full potential. I'm thinking maybe after the next big writer's conference? I'm not going to SCBWI this month, but I'll be there next summer when it's in my city, and I hope to see some of you there as well.
I like hearing about the different things that trigger a story idea for writers--dreams, ideas, conversation snippets. I sometimes get triggered by a story in the news or an anecdote told by a friend, but often it's another medium in the arts--a photo or video or song. There's a very brief scene in The Pacific that left an emotional impact that's really stuck with me and is currently coiling and expanding into a shiny new idea in the back of my head.
I wonder, does anyone else operate like this? What are your story triggers? And if you listen to music while writing, how in the world is that possible?