Some like to know where I get my story ideas and in the past I've gotten them from TV shows or even other books. I'll start off with having a certain character in mind that morphs into my own. An idea will form and off I go writing. But not all ideas get a story. For instance, I love Grell Sutcliff from Black Butler, but I'd have no idea how to put him into a character of my own. Of course there are a few of my characters that scream--"We'd know what to do with him!"
Now I'm just getting off track...Back to story ideas:
I've recently got a story idea from ease-dropping. At the pizza place, I was listening to a guy explain about solving mathematical problems in a different dimension.
Basically, you take a problem to an other dimension where the issue isn't an undeniable law in the original dimension, solve the problem in that dimension, bring the solved issue back into the dimension in which it came from and you have your answer to that problem. (Dear god--did that only make sense to me?)
How this translates into a story...
I got to thinking about what this issue would look like. What needs to be solved? I took the example of gravity. Not much is known about gravity except--it works. Understanding gravity and its secrets might take placing gravity in a different dimension. A dimension where gravity doesn't rule. How would you place that problem in another dimension? Would it look like an incubator with rubber hands you slip into?
I asked more questions.
Things like...who would have this power? Who has the power to solve problems in a different dimension. I haven't a clue as to where this came from but...my answer was: Santa Claus. Yes, Kris Kringle. That's who! I started thinking about it. The more I did, the more it made sense. Yes, Santa has the power to take "problems" like how the hell do I give over a billion children presents? He took the time issue and solved that problem in a different dimension, then brought it back here. Wow! Santa's a nuclear physicist!
As ever though, I have to think about the story and plot but I think I have a good grasp on what to do and where to go with it! And now Grell has become a bit of an inspiration. Having his chainsaw taken away didn't stop him from reaping souls. He loves his job more than anything--just like me!