This dev has earned a feature in my top 5/10 deviation lists of 2006! I apologize for the cut-and-paste message - would take waaay too long to do these winning features person-by-person.
Keep up the great work!
features are in at this link - [link]
Easy answer - I look at my costumes and props and think of ways I can mix them together That's about it. Or I read a book or have a dream or am talking to someone and just get inspired. inspired all the circus ideas
You wanna know my extremely un-fascinating answer? I don't know how Cookie comes up with her ideas - she's just naturally a genius. Me, I'm a list-maker. Any time I think of anything that would make good stock I write it down in my little list book and then when I'm doing stock I've got all kinds of ideas all ready to go. Right now, my list has about twenty ideas in it. I'm trying to avoid inspiration until I can get the list back down to a less intimidating size.