Yesterday this happened:
Or not really. I finished the short story last week but was unhappy with the epilogue. I’ve spent this week revising and editing the story—and re-writing the ending not just once, but twice. Now I’m happy with it…I think.
Anyway: I sent it to my critique partner for comments yesterday and I look forward to her opinions.
The inspiration for the story came from a picture I scrolled by when I checked my Instagram feed. This is the picture (source):
I was immediately drawn to it and several questions popped up in my head. Why is he sitting naked under what looks like a veil? Why is he sad/upset? What happened to take him to this point in time?
So I wrote a story answering all those questions. But I’ll talk more about it later, this blog post is about inspiration.
I often come across pictures that inspires me, pictures like the one above that makes my brain first go Why, what, how? quickly followed by What if..? What if the guy in the picture ran away from his wedding because something happened? But why would a guy marrying another guy have a veil? And what happened to make him run? Those were all questions I explored when I wrote the short story.
But it’s not only pictures that inspire me. Music or poetry are two other big inspirational sources for me, but mostly music. Sometimes the lyrics capture my attention, sometimes just a line but just as often the entire thing. Or it can be the way the artist sings it, something in the voice that makes me feel…and suddenly my fingers start to itch, telling me I need to write this story.
I find inspiration really interesting. Why did the picture above capture my attention while someone else might have just shrugged, thought Well, that’s pretentious and kept scrolling?
What inspires you?
7 thoughts on ““The End” and inspiration”
This image is amazing. It’s both beautiful and haunting, and perfect to capture the mood of your story. ❤
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Thank you! And I love the picture. I couldn’t not write about it 🙂
how fun to get inspired by pictures! While looking at stock photos for book covers I’ve started to think it might be easier to design guys based on the images I find haha. Mostly I get inspired from news stories/ mini-documentaries I find. So since most of my books are set in Japan I’ll discover an interesting fact or tradition and it will inspire a scene for a story.
Yeah, I need pictures 🙂
I have a folder on my computer with pictures for inspiration. Some inspires a story (like this one), but others are of people I plan to use in my writing at one point or another. I need a picture to base my characters on, otherwise there will be no descriptions whatsoever 🙂
But like you I also read news stories (not about Japan though 🙂 ) that gives me ideas.
I like the interesting traditions idea. Like KFC on Christmas? 🙂