But what happens when you are the one looking for the idea, and not the other way around? Summoned or forced inspiration can often turn out some pretty embarrassing-bad ideas before you come across a diamond in the rough.
Like that one time where I thought it'd be awesome to write an entire book about a girl who pisses off a gypsy known as the Tarantula Lady, then starts seeing tarantulas everywhere, even though nobody else can see them. THE HORROR!
Um, so yeah. I find that during these times of Currently Seeking Kick Ass Story Ideas, our brains always insist on finding, then seriously considering and dissecting the idea of, terrible ideas that will end up fizzling out after a few good brainstorming sessions that leave you feeling disoriented and lost and completely unsure if you're capable of coming up with anything at all, ever again.
So what's the trick to getting through all the crap and right to the good stuff that will end up turning into The One? (Of the moment, anyway.) Getting through all the crap, of course!
While there isn't really a way to altogether skip that painful idea phase, spending a whole lot of brain energy on a "meh" story idea that ends up getting banished forever is anything but wasted time. In the end it will have helped force you forward enough to come across a much better idea, one that you will see the light with and have your glorious EUREKA! moment.
It's the same important electric-magic that you get with the ideas that find you, just... delayed a little. And even though it may seem like certain trends or other YA things are moving at a ridiculous pace, the truth of the matter is that publishing is most often very, very slow.
So dive right into those Tarantula Lady ideas, spend some time trying to figure them out, then when it's time to do so, just move on and don't feel obligated to carry out your previous efforts with it. You'll thank yourself later!