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I get inspiration from another work. Fortunately for me, it's an incidental point, or I took an element from the background and said, hmm, what if the exact opposite were true?

So little that it would be impossible to infer what the original was from my work.

BUT -- when I suffer from writer's block, for some reason, reading the original work, however unrelated, sometimes jogs loose that work.

sigh Sometimes the writing life is odd.
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Okay, laddie, you're the main character.   Which means you have to have a name. . . .

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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
I've noticed that filing off the serial numbers is a continuing process.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
When stealing ideas from other stories and fililng off the serial numbers, one of the best ways is to steal something that was a part of the backdrop -- a character's back story, a minor character's comment, history.

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marycatelli: (Rapunzel)

So, should the world-building of this story include the use of wands in magic?

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Sometimes the ideas that stories give you are rather abstract. . . take purebloods and halfbloods and muggle-born. . . .

Now imagine plopping a foundling in the middle of it all.

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Was reading Harry Potter and philosophizing about ripping off ideas for fun and profit.  There's a wide variation on how easily the serial numbers come off.

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Was loosely thinking about a conceivable story -- a steampunkish version of the adventures of Odysseus -- and about names.
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was pondering the sorts of how-to-write books that tell you to start with a one-line summary of the plot, or with a "premise" -- which is more a thematic statement, but it hits on the same problem, which is that you start with what you start.  Muses tend to be inspired by whatever they chose, and build on it however they like.

Was pondering it because I was working on one story and thinking of another and comparing sources.

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The moral schema of Star Wars is simple enough:  Rebellion/Republic good, Empire bad.

There's a certain amount of amusement value, what with the Senate and the other indicators this is like the Roman Republic turning to the Roman Empire, when you consider that Augustus Caesar's seizure of power was for most Romans an improvement.  There had been a lot of violence and trouble with the late republic.
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One of the great ways to get a story is to rip it off and file off the serial numbers.  This can get complicated, because a story fits together, and shifting one piece of it causes half or more of the other elements to change.
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marycatelli: (A Birthday)
Ripping off other people's stories is a classic way to get ideas.

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It's an odd thing about inspiration from other people's work.  Once you hack loose something and run away (with wild "eek!"s of delight) with it flapping behind you, and then you settle down to file off the serial numbers. . . .
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Ah, the delights of ripping off an idea because you think the writer who had it first did a poor job of it.

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So exactly who is the high muckety-muck that is so central to the story?  Or rather, what is his position in society?

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Ah, the stealing of notions.  How much fun it is.  How much work it takes, filing off the serial numbers before the story is your own. . . .

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