From where do you get your inspiration for stories? Give me the oddest, coolest, things that have inspired you.
This is such a great question! Partly because it really forces me to think about it and partly because I don’t have an answer, LOL! Seriously, inspiration (for me anyway) is both mind-blowing and subtle at the same time.
‘Kay, have I totally lost you? Hmmm…
Well, you know that saying, right? The one that goes: Creativity is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration?
You know what happens. A miniscule spark of an idea flashes into a whole project requiring months and months of mental exercise and acrobatics. By the time I finish a WIP, I struggle to remember what triggered my to start writing it in the first place!
When I get an idea, I’m usually flooded with an entire world. I picture myself as the MC (you know, it’s a put my feet in his or her shoes kind of thing), I imagine his or her circumstances (cuz for whatever reason, they’re already there like magic–uh, I never said I understood how my mind works, ‘kay?), and I ponder what challenge(s) he/she must face/overcome. Yes, this comes at me all at once with gale force winds, hail, AND lightening. All right, all right, it’s not 100% set in stone with that first glimpse, but let me tell you, it’s pretty close.
Um, yeah, I’m kind of sucking with the whole explaining thing…
Look at it this way. You know the pensieve from Harry Potter? (If you don’t, I’ll come out of the screen and slap you. I’m serious. Really.) Well, it’s sort of like that for me, except since it’s my own head, I’m diving backwards instead of leaning forward. (Yeah, that’s totally clear, right? *smacks forehead*)
Another way to look at it is I’m totally immersed in the “world” I’m writing about. And heck, if that’s not inspiring, I don’t know what is!
Alrighty, folks, now it’s your turn. What inspires you?