Where did William Shakespeare get his ideas from?
Shakespeare borrowed most of his plots from history books, other
plays, poetry and stories. For his characters, Shakespeare got his
ideas mainly from himself. He did have influences through out his
writing, but his ideas, and the form of compassion he wrote with
made him one of the best writers in History.
Shakespeare also got his ideas mostly from books he had read.
Holinshed's Chronicles and Plutarch's lives were big sources for
him. Sometimes he got his ideas from older plays; there was an
older Hamlet for example.
Some of his ideas, like his ideas for plots, came from books he
read. The rich characters, the beautiful lines and the astonishing
vocabulary all came out of his shiny head.