Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Where the Wild Ideas Are


Today's chain question comes from Shaun whose book, The Deathday Letter, you can (and should) buy right now just by clicking this link. Just think of it. That little purchasing high after clicking the buy button. And then the pleasure of knowing something will soon arrive in your mailbox that isn't a bill or an annoying advertisement for something you don't want. And on top of all that - you also get an awesome book. Win, win, win.

Okay, and now on to the question.

From where do you get your inspiration for stories? Give me the oddest, coolest, things that have inspired you.

Usually I start with a character as my jumping off point. My first novel had a heroine who was a telemarketer - a position I know personally and painfully well after a three month stint the summer before my freshman year of college.

My urban fantasy started with the idea of a main character who stole people's identities, and when she steals the wrong person's (or creature in this case - that's where the whole fantasy part comes in) identity, and people believe she actually is that person... well wackiness ensues. I think I was partially inspired by those great Citibank commercials about identity theft.



In the end that character changed while I was writing and I dropped the whole identity theft angle altogether, which is how it often happens for me. I'll start at one place, and end up in a completely different one once the story gets going and takes over things.

What about you - where do your ideas come from?

And for more blog chain goodness check out Shannon before me and Amanda directly after!

12 comments:

  1. Hoo-boy, I bet you got some good fodder from your telemarketing gig!

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  2. Characters are a great way to start a story!

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  3. I usually start with charatcers too. Although a few times I got some ideas from the news. :)

    How have you been?

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  4. Ha! I loved those commercials!!! Great post! :D

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  5. Wow! What a very cool idea! But still, I'm digging the identity theft angle. You should definitely keep that simmering on a back burner ;)

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  6. I absolutely love the identity theft angle, though in my mind I was continuing it into a much darker and sinister end. You really should write something like that. Oh, and I'm going to borrow your example of pimping Shaun's book before the post. He's too cool, and I hope everyone in the world buys his book. Nice job.

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  7. LOL I LOVE those commercials :D Very nice. And yeah, I have some telemarketing memories of my own - gotta love 'em :D

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  8. Man, I loved those commercials! I'm kind of sad they don't play anymore. :( Great post!

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  9. OMG! I love that you were inspired by this Citibank commercial (which is hilarious by the way). Characters are a fantastic jumping off spot. More often than I like to admit, I have a character that I can't find a story for.

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  10. Those Citibank commercials always made me giggle. Though, I have to say, I'd revisit the paranormal identity theft idea. That sounds fun!

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  11. Cool commercial! Past jobs make good places for inspiration. I have a few telemarketing memories to revisit for some inspiration.

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