October 1, 2013
A Writer's Inspiration
Most people start with: "Are you published?" If people spend a little more time on the topic, they ask: "Where do you get your ideas?"
Inspiration surfaces in a variety of ways. Some originate from actual events. That's where my story, Whippoorwill Calling, originated. When I was in high school, my friends and I played a practical joke on a close friend. I have used this experience as a story-telling exercise in public speaking in the past. Why not write a story? To make it believable, I had to change the facts a little, but at its core, the story relies on a true event. You can read it in The Petigru Review, available November 1 on Amazon.
A green and yellow striped paper clip provided the inspiration for Lifesource, a speculative fiction short story published last year in Stupefying Stories.
Sometimes a scene appears in my mind: a white kitchen looking into a large great room completely decorated in white, the kitchen's large pane glass windows looking out on a snowfall. That clean and simple scene launched Gentle Snow, a short story coming soon in the fall issue of moonShine review.
Other ideas creep up on me. The beginning of my fantasy novel started with a dream, but the overall story has blossomed into something bigger.
What if questions launch stories as do conversations with others. It might be a picture, or a comment, or... The possibilities are endless.
It doesn't really matter where the stories come from. What matters is that writers write them, so readers can read them.
But since it's a common question, where do you get your inspiration?
PS If you're not a writer, what's the most inspired story you've ever read?