Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sparkfest W.I.P. Inspiration

The second question in the Sparkfest is:

What author set off that spark of inspiration for your current Work In Progress?

Let's see. I started my novel last November (not exactly knowing what I was getting myself into) when I was a little bored doing school work. I pulled up a Google Docs (I don't have the current Microsoft Word on my computer) document and began typing.

I didn't exactly have a plan right then, mostly because I had no idea that it would turn into a full scale YA novel! So I'm not sure what inspired that. The more I wrote, the more I learned about the story and the characters (which is also why the beginning of the story is terrible!), and only then did I find inspiration.

First there was The Hunger Games. We all know that there will never be another Hunger Games. How can another story be like the Hunger Games without the reader going 'hey this is too much like the Hunger Games'? Don't worry though, it's not like the Hunger Games. (It has a few aspects of it though.)


Second, there was Star Wars. (I give waaaay too much credit to that darn story, don't I?) The futuristic setting in Star Wars was a pretty good inspiration for where my story was to evolve. Who doesn't get inspired by a place where people can move things with their minds?

And then of course there are the random snippets of inspiration that people get without warning. I'm a little embarrassed to say this, but I even got inspiration from the online game called Poptropica. In fact, that might have been my first inspiration for the actual story! It didn't have a huge influence on me but there was enough to make the story what it is right now. Another big inspiration was Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. I found inspiration in that after I had the story pretty much down. And how could I forget Ice Skating? Maybe it wasn't a big inspiration, but strangely enough, I managed to mix the Hunger Games aspect with the skating aspect of it all. Come to think of it, I have no idea how those two came together.

Anyway, those are my inspirations!

What inspired your current W.I.P.?



Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Hi Jess--I just found your blog and I love this post. For me, inspiration can come from anywhere, but definitely from the novels I read. I loved the Hunger Games books and the Percy Jackson series. My latest WIP was inspired by my niece, but now the novel has taken on a life of its own. Isn't that always the way? : )

Angie Cothran said...

I think Star Wars is a fantastic example of great storytelling. I can see why it would inspire you :) And The Hunger Games--I totally get it. I love to see what 14 year olds are thinking. Thanks for the post.

Jess said...

Cynthia~ That's so true! A novel (at least mine) starts off sounding so much like other stories and now it's taking on qualities I never expected! And thanks for following!

Angie~ Haha thanks... Star Wars and The Hunger Games are both awesome stories :)

Anita said...

A newspaper article inspired my current wip...I'll have to find that scrap of paper and look at the author's name.

Tara Tyler said...

hunger games AND star wars? my head my explode from that concept!
great spark!

Christine Tyler said...

Great combination of sparks here. My WIP started with a dream I had when I was about five, which was probably inspired by Care Bears. Thankfully it's changed since then.

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