Inspiration

Where do you get yours?  Inspiration, that is.

What moves you?

What moves you?

I sometimes get asked by my friends (yes, I do have some) where I get my inspiration for writing my Lady Merreth novel (and a series of short stories concerning her as well}.    It is truly bizarre the myriad of sources from which I pillage … err … borrow ideas for scenes, imagery, bits of dialogue, characters – you name it.

So here is a partial list:

  • Stuff my writers’ group produces
  • My artist, Yoshiko
  • Published authors such as: David Weber, Joe Abercrombie, Max Brooks, Bernard Cornwell, John Ringo, Eric Flint and a ton of others
  • The Walking Dead
  • Battlestar Galactica (the 2004 series)
  • Generation Kill
  • American Dad (no, really)
  • Friends
  • Being Human (the US version)
  • The Big Bang Theory (I’m a nerd and I sympathize with Sheldon)
  • The Sleeping Beauty Series (Books)
  • Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister  BBC television series
  • The X-Files
  • Music — all kinds of music
  • Art I have seen or commissioned

The list grows and changes all the time, depending upon my mood and those things in which I am interested in at the time.

The challenging part is capturing this bits of inspiration when they occur.  Lots of times muse strikes when I don’t have handy access to my computer, my phone, or even a pen and paper.   Lot’s of stuff gets lost.  Fortunately there is constant supply of inspiration.

Now if I could only get it to show up when I’m ready for it.

So, from where do you draw inspiration?

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