"The pen is the tongue of the mind." -Miguel de Cervantes

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Inspiration


Today I decided to push writing aside and catch up on some of the blogs I follow. I found one entry over at YA Highway that really turned my gears. It was a post by Lee Bross about where the blog's readers got their inspiration. I read the post and sat in my chair a minute. Where did my inspiration come from, and how did I end up with my work in progress?

The truth is, many of my ideas come from dreams. *Gasp!* What a cliche! But a very correct cliche. I can only guess that my brain is wired to place me into half-baked fantasy/dystopian plots every time I sleep. So I suppose a dream is where I get my base idea and I add a million what ifs to it to create a storyline.

You could really almost break this down into a formula. Idea+3(what ifs)=story. So lets say you have an idea about an organization of sandmen. Then three what ifs. 1) What if they were all lawyers during the day. 2) What if sandmen hated wearing socks. 3) What if wool could make them turn to dust.

Ok I'm kidding about that entire formula idea, but it was fun while it lasted. The true beauty about inspiration is that it can come from anywhere: Other works of literature, experiences, memories or any number of other possibilities. I think the unique interpretation of those inspirations by individuals is why we have such a variation of ideas today. So going back to Lee's post, YOU are the inspiration :)