At some point, every writer will likely be asked, “Where do you come up with your ideas?” Well, for most of us, I believe, the ideas come from straight from our
inner-selves: not from our heads so much as from our hearts and our memories.
When a writer sets out to write a story, he or she sets out to share something personal about him or herself. The message that comes out in that story - the
ethos, the logos, and the pathos of that tale - likely ties back to something
that the writer has either lived through or watched others live through (or perhaps wished he or she could live through). Stories, in that sense, are a bit like wish-fulfillment on the part of the author.