So what happens when your good old standbys lose their pretty sparkle and start leaving you wanting more? You could revisit old inspirations, hoping for another fling, but everybody knows that sought out inspiration isn't quite the same as the real thing- spontaneous and staggering, unexpected. Come on, that book needs to get finished, GET INSPIRED BY SOMETHING QUICKLY OR YOU'LL LOSE IT ALL FOREVER AAAAAAH!
Obviously, I've found myself in the pickle that is the Empty Creativity Gas Tank my fair share of times. After going on a seemingly endless quest for inspiration, I sat down and decided that I needed to do something differently, because the usual stuff wasn't cutting it for me this time with this particular book. I reread old favorite books, watched movies, listened to more music that matched what I thought the tone of my book should be.
Then something weird happened. Something equally remarkable and terrible. Something unexpected.
I got inspired by a roaring woman who had fake blood dripping down her front.
Thanks to Gaga, pop music swept me away in a fury that I never thought possible. Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Nicki Minaj, Lily Allen, and Katy Perry. Some people say that pop music is pointless, stupid, and insulting, yet the brightly colored videos and infectious beats and entertaining stage presences fill me with the urge to create something truly kick ass.
Inspiration at an unexpected time is awesome, but inspiration from an unexpected source is even more so. The feeling you get when you are being mesmerized by something you always swore you'd hate is humbling and freeing.
So yeah, I'm guilty of waking up in the morning feeling like P. Diddy. Haters gonna hate, but the effect it's had on my writing has been more than worth it.
It goes a little something like this:
-EXPECTED INSPIRATION: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Movie, soundtrack, still images, whatever.
-UNEXPECTED INSPIRATION: Desperate Housewives. Another horribly written, super soapy dramedy? Think again. This one's filled with gems.
-EXPECTED INSPIRATION: Pictures of nature. 'Nuff said.
-UNEXPECTED INSPIRATION: Chopped on Food Network. There's just something special about feeling for a guy who has to figure out how to make a dessert with goat brains and Nutella.
Alright, it's confession time. What are your most unexpected inspirations?