Where do you get yours? Inspiration, that is.
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)
- 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?