Before beginning this course I thought that writers had to come up with their own original ideas to be considered good. While that may be true in a very few cases, like Jules Verne's or Isaac Asimov's original ideas, most writing is about ideas that have always been a part of the human experience. It's the writer's treatment of the subject that is unique, as they bring the whole of their lives to their writing.
It seems as though my peers use the internet as much as I do to research details about ideas they are developing. I don't have many friends or acquaintances who write, and so haven't had much opportunity to connect with writers, but I'll be taking notes on my classmates' methods of generating ideas.