This question is the one every writer hates because it is so difficult to answer. There is no magic formula for getting ideas. The fact is, ideas come from all around you, from everything you experience every day. You see a light on in an abandoned building and you think “I wonder who’s in there and what they’re doing?” The answer to that is an idea for a story. Whether it’s a good story or not is up to you. High-concept ideas, if you ask me, are hugely overvalued. They are not the important part of a story. Everyone has ideas. It’s what you do with them that matters.