Where do stories come from? I had a somewhat philosophical discussion about this recently with my close friend and writing/teaching mentor. He shared this wonderful quote from Gaston Bachelard who wrote in Air and Dreams: An Essay on the Imagination of Movement, “Every object that is contemplated, every exalted name that is whispered is the starting point for a dream or a poem; it is a creative linguistic movement.”
My friend added, "In other words, if you are looking for a 'good topic' to write about, you've already made your first mistake."
Sometimes I think about untold stories as though they float through space and time and writing as basically a matter of capturing them in the jar. Once there, you can keep them just for your own pleasure, or open the jar and share them with a few or many readers. My friend said he imagined a butterfly inside the jar as the teller of the stories.