So, I've been having trouble recently with coming up with a story that I really like, so I thought I'd ask how you guys come up with yours. I mean, do they pop fully formed into your head, as J.K.Rowling claimed hers did? Do you start with a beginning, and end, and fill in the gaps with how you want to get there? Do you take it one event at a time, and slowly develop the story that way? Just curious, and thought it might help me. Also if you have any exercises you use to get the creative juices flowing, that'd be nice too! Personally I've found speed/impromptu writing a good way of coming up with interesting ideas... Or reading about ancient mythology is another useful one I've used a few times.