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You're The Inspiration

Today I want to talk briefly about inspiration and where it comes from.

We write books, it’s just something we do, but the ideas for those books have to come from somewhere. I’m always amazed when I read a new book. Whether it’s a fresh take on a high school relationship or an amazing new worldbuilding design, I wonder how on earth the author came up with such a unique way to spin it. (I admit there is a surge of pure giddy joy when I read something completely new that I’ve never seen done before.)

Sometimes, I’d love to ask the author what inspired a particular book?

Songs? Headlines? A friend? A T.V. show?

So, I’m asking you guys today! Where do you get your inspiration from? What grabs you the most? Or, if you have already written a book or ten, what made that particular idea the one?
Lee Bross

Lee lives her happily ever after on the coast of Maine where she has written Tangled Webs, her historical YA debut, and fantasy YA books Fates and Chaos under pen name Lanie Bross. She also writes contemporary books for New Adult under the name L.E. Bross, debuting with Right Where You Are.

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  1. My inspiration for plunging into my current dystopian WIP was Veronica Roth's book "Divergent". I loved everything about this book. [Side note: The title of your post got that cheezy 80's ballad "You're The Inspiration" by Chicago stuck in my head. Thanks for that:)lol]

  2. It's sort of a long story, but the inspiration for my psedo-Anasazi YA fantasy (currently querying) came from two places: 1) the slumping groups of heroin addicts hanging out in the urine-soaked hidden corners of Germany's main train stations; and 2) the persistent and beautiful Anasazi ruins that dotted the hills and cliffsides of the dusty Colorado high deserts of my youth. Of course all those fantasy and other YA books I've been reading since my teens helped shape the world of this novel. What inspired me to actually, finally, write the thing was talking with Kristin Halbrook a few years ago. Here was a live, tangible person, a friend, who was actually doing it. She was writing books and not just talking about writing. Her example was my catalyst.

  3. My inspiration for my paranormal WIP was thinking about the phrase, "Can't we all just get along" and what could happen if vampires, witches and werewolves actually tried this.

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  5. My inspiration for my fantasy WiP came from watching a leaf fly around. That one image spawned a scene, which gave way to a longer plot.

  6. My inspiration for the current contemporary YA WIP was a voice. My old teen voice. As I read more and more YA, I just wasn't finding the voice that I would have loved. Closest I came to it was Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series. It made me want to write a book with the voice that I wanted to read.

    As for the paranormal YA WIP, I was heavily inspired by a song called "The Boy with the Robotic Arm." The title speaks for itself.

  7. The inspiration for my writing comes from my inner-thoughts, of course. Usually, I have too many to count, and often times tell these stories to my friends and family. Sometimes, I feel that these thoughts are too important not to share. Two of my novels were born from personal experiences, and a few other short stories crafted from a moral or two. And, of course, beauty in nature, tea and coffee, and reading other people’s work spark ideas that come bounding over the pages. Those are the best.

    Write well,
    Robin Quinn

  8. for me it is usually some historical obscure detail that I get obsessed about and want to pull into the modern world to see how it flys -- like the Templars destruction and what happened to them pulled forward -- what if some being still existed that could tell us the tale?

  9. Some of my inspiration is totally off the wall. My manuscript I'm about to start was inspired by a themed photograph of a band. Another was inspired by something somebody else wrote. It took some weird turns, but that's where the first idea came from.

    Some just come to me while I'm sitting somewhere, waiting, thinking, and something forms in my head.

  10. I have gleaned inspiration everywhere - from tabletop games, to movies, books, and anime. The seed of inspiration for my paranormal fantasy novel (which I'm querying now) came from designing a character for a Whitewolf campaign in college. It was Changeling: The Dreaming. The Sluagh captured my attention like no other fae had before. When I drew my character I knew she had a story, and I knew that someday I would write it.

  11. My YA speculative fiction, currently under contract, was inspired by a dream that I had. I dreamed practically the entire thing in one night. I am a vivid dreamer, the two other novels I'm working on also came from dreams.

  12. As simple as the question is it's an interesting one. For me it varies. It can be life, a book, a character in a book, anything.

  13. I just wrote an entire blog post about this! Short version: emotional trauma. :P

  14. My inspiration comes from many different sources too - reading, asking questions (What if...), my social work career and the amazing resilience I see in people.


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