I get most of my story ideas from dreams or songs. I have vivid dreams and unfortunately, nightmares. Thank goodness I don't have many of those. My last manuscript was based entirely on a dream. Even the hero's name was in my dream. I just had to fill in the details and add some romance.
The story I'm working on now, Life After, came from a dream and a song. I dreamed one night that I was part of a race of evolved people living away from the rest of the world in the mountains. Weird huh? But I woke up thinking, "There's a story in there somewhere." After writing it down, I put it away.
One day while cleaning the kitchen, I heard Beyonce singing "Church Bells." It's a remake of an Etta James song about a woman who watches the man she loves marry someone else. I don't know why, but I felt like it belonged in Life After.
I've got several stories started and set aside on my laptop. Every last one of them has been inspired by a dream or a song. I think psychiatrists say dreams are a way to subconsciously work out issues. Well color me happy, my issues help me do something I love. No matter how strange my dreams or nightmares may be, there's usually a story in there somewhere.