Daydreams, Nightmares and Flights of Fancy

What inspires you?

I’m often inspired by dreams, both good and bad. More than one nightmare has helped create a villain or a fight scene in my writing. The hero in Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was inspired by a dream–except that it wasn’t my dream, it was my husband’s. I happily took his idea and ran with it. 😉

My brain tends to wander off when I’m watching a movie or a TV show. It’ll see something shiny and think “ooh, but what if this happened instead?” Then it’s off on a tangent and I’ve missed an important plot point in what I was watching and have no idea what’s going on. I’m similarly distracted when reading. As an English major I’ve always approached reading with an analytical mind, and now as a writer I’m even more prone to pick things apart. I’ll stop to appreciate an interesting plot twist, creative character or well-crafted sentence (and I’m usually jealous that I didn’t think of it first).

I’ve mentioned before how my muse has a short attention span. She’s easily distracted by the siren’s call of a new story. Shiny new character? She’s so there. So what inspires your muse? Does music call or her (or him)? A new book? The latest blockbuster movie?

2 Responses to “Daydreams, Nightmares and Flights of Fancy”
  1. Currently, Edward Fassbender (X-Men, Jane Eyre) is inspiring me. Intense!

  2. Ah, inspiration is my constant companion. And, I have had semi-lucid dreams of my heroines and heroes.

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