"So... do you do stupid stuff just so you can write about it?"
I couldn't believe this reader's question. How absurd. How insensitive. How...
Wait a minute. Do I subconsciously attract trouble just so I can write my humor column?
The answer is... no. I don't attract trouble. Trouble attracts me.
That's how most of my stories get started... stupid moments. I catch chocolate-filled diapers on fire in microwave before baby showers. I live on remote mountainsides with goats, chicken, and children for 6 weeks at a time. I set off alarms in Alzheimer's units.
The rest is incidental. Where I write, when I write -- how I write.
One thing is constant: I write EVERY DAY. It might be from the coffee shop, the library, or the chair at home, but I write. I'm also BIG on deadlines, because I think there are only 2 qualifications for them EVER to be broken: 1) there's a hearse out front and 2) it's come for me.
So... how do you get started?