So many people have asked me how I think of things to write. Okay, so it's mostly family who ask this... since I have only self-published one novella, but still, it counts! lol~ My kids say that I am just super smart. My husband says I have a severely twisted mind. Personally, I like my kids' answer better! But my answer? Creativity and research.
Yeah, I know. The dreaded, horrible R-word. RESEARCH. The word that gives many of us writers horrible nightmares both night and day, making us break out into a sweat as we bravely sit down to write our latest masterpiece. You know the one... the one that is gonna put us on the MAP. Put our name out into the world where people will love us for our brilliance. Uh huh... I can feel the poo starting to rise and I am in open-toed shoes at the moment so I'm gonna stop now.
Seriously, research is the best and (if we are being honest with ourselves) ONLY way to write well. I would love to say that everything I have thought about was my own thought but it isn't. I research everything that I am working on. I make calls, I write emails, I WORK HARD at finding out the correct answer to something before I write it. That way, I know that when I write something... I don't sound like an idiot. lol.... and it doesn't take much sometimes. The point is, always research what you are writing. Especially the technical stuff. Otherwise, you are going to have a book that isn't your best and every reviewer, every reader, WILL call you on it.
Good luck and remember, research doesn't have to be a bad word. An aggravating one, yes, but not necessarily a bad one.