Hey there, kids. It’s that time again! Freaky Friday. I’m a tad under the weather, and my brain function is that of oatmeal right now, so I decided to keep it light this week and talk about character and story inspiration.
One of my teachers in school talked about different types of learners. Visual, auditory, kinesthetic. You either learn by seeing, hearing, or doing… (or some such combination of these).
I’ve always been an auditory learner. Tell me about it, and I will probably be able to figure out how to do it. It’s my preferred method. It turns out that my story crafting works in much the same way.
My well of inspiration is deep (and sometimes filthy, LOL) but the majority of my story ideas come from one of the following sources:
- A song I hear on the radio.
- A conversation I’ve had with someone.
- Something I’ve seen.
With songs, that’s easy. Sometimes a line will strike a chord with me because it draws out a particularly poignant memory. That memory, while usually painful, manages to become fodder for a book. Many an asshole from my life have made appearances in my books. (Like the post-sex handshaker from Just a Taste. True fucking story. I couldn’t make that level of asshole up even if I tried.)
Conversations are a bit different. I’m not stealing direct quotes, or anything but I’ve been known to adapt a particular concept I’ve been discussing with someone into a scene. For instance, in Trouble Walked In, there was a controlling father who was trying to marry his daughter off. I had an interesting conversation with someone about arranged marriages that sprang to mind. Her OWN marriage had been arranged and I was thinking about my possible reaction to that scenario.
Something I’ve seen… Well, this one has a rather broad scope. Sometimes I’ll see a particular conversation happen between two people.. or see a scene play out in front of me. Then suddenly, I’ve adapted that into a story line I’ve already got in my head.
Why is any of this important and how does this help you?
I figured out what worked for me (auditory inspiration). Now I continually feed the beast by listening to what’s going on around me. I have several series plotted out to multiple books and the idea train doesn’t show any signs of stopping.
I wonder if there’s a correlation or whether it’s just coincidence? Naughty Quillers? What say you?
Til next time!