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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.

holidays

Nov. 27th, 2016 12:24 am
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Was philosophically pondering holiday tales.
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Writing one's vignettes in a coherent world can give you ideas. Both for the vignettes and for interesting plot twists.

But sooner or later, you have sit down and plot the thing.  They will not sort of stick together and form a beginning, a middle, and an end.

And sometimes you need to to devise over-arching things.  Like the motives of the main villains.
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So you sit down with a book of Mother Goose and read,
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Sometimes the story is a logjam of inspirations.

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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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So my muse was thinking about a fairy tale I read in a collection of Russian fairy tales that in fact collapsed two tales, and thinking hey, maybe that could be the central plot of a fairy-tale-mashup, with the ending elaborated a bit. . . neither one was a Pop Culture Top 20. . .and five second reflection continued it from its unhappy ending with a third not-Top-20 tale.

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There are writers who start from the top-down.  Some even write one sentence summing up the novel, expand it to four, etc.

My muse thinks they are hilarous.
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how to develop an idea. . .

The biggest question is often whether you should go haring off every wild idea that comes along.

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It's amazing what will inspire a tale.  Or even restore inspiration for an old one.

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Ripping off other people's stories is a classic way to get ideas.

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the real delights of inspiration are the half-ideas.  The ones that even on the face of it aren't going to make a full story.

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Was thinking about Goodreads's April's Fool thing -- the claim to have discovered a lost manuscript Mirth and Mischief by Jane Austen.

Mulling the title.  How to do Jane Austenish novel by that title -- only with fairies or something because that's what my muse likes.

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witchcraft

Apr. 24th, 2014 10:57 pm
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Reading history can be a goldmine for the muse.  Full of wonderful ideas.

Reading about historical beliefs about witchcraft and magic is no exception.  On the other hand, if you expect to get notions for standard fantasy magic. . . .

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So I need to work out what happens next, and what happens next is that the hero learns something about the monsters.

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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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With my long tail feathers floating as I fly, I circle around, circle around the boundaries of the earth. . . .

Used to sing that at camp.  It makes a nice round.  Also reminds me of my current Work-In-Progress situation.

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