Friday, June 11, 2010
Blog Chain: Using Your Muse
From where do you get your inspiration for stories? Give me the oddest, coolest, things that have inspired you.
I think I've told the story about how Deathday was inspired by my mom's heart trouble a couple of years ago. But most of my other stuff comes from downright odd places. For instance, I finished a draft of a story about a boy living in a hospital who may or may not have superpowers. The inspiration for that came from an episode of Private Practice of all things. As much as it pains me to admit that I watched even one single episode of that show, had I not, I never would have been inspired to write the story.
A middle grade novel I've been working on was inspired by a problem I was having with my computer. I was so frustrated working with Photoshop. I kept making mistakes and I wished that we had an undo button for everything. Thus the story of Jonah Button was born. A story about a boy whose destiny it was to be undone.
I've gotten inspiration from words in songs, lines in poems, paintings, bad television, and even dreams...though dreams tend to produce the least workable ideas for me. But the oddest place I ever got an idea from was a soda can. It was one of those energy drinks with this alien looking green on it, and I was struck with this idea for a bunch of kids who are all strong out on mental performance enhancing drugs, so much so that odd things begin happening to them.
Not every inspired idea works out, nor should they all, but there's inspiration all around. The only limitation is how open to it we are.
So, head on over to Abby's blog and see what inspires her brilliance!