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So, today, I was thinking about sources of inspiration. I recently wrote my short story for the Lightening Quick Reads blog that I participate in, and well, I got someone else's voice stuck in my
At least, I'm pretty sure it will! :)
Anyhow, this got me started thinking about where stories come from. For me, they tend to come from songs (Colors Like Memories came from a Linkin Park song), or a scene (the opening of Surrender the Sky was just that horrible opening scene that got into my head I had to write it out), and Radiolab programs (Coincidences, which I'm currently shopping around, came from listening to these crazy, insane coincidences people had had). Anyhow, whatever the source, somehow there was something came along and demanded that I write about it.
Recently I was listening to NPR (yeah, I love RadioLab, which probably says more about my demographics than I comfortable with, but it is still amazing and I learn so much random, cool stuff that I just don't care), and Elizabeth Gilbert was talking. She's the author of Eat, Pray, Love (which, I swear, every time I write, I accidentally type out 'prey', which amuses me to no end). And I just kind of loved what she had to say about the was stories float around and try to find a home. And especially how we have to demand a lot from our "muse" so that they know we're serious. I kind of love this idea!
I'm embedding the radio program here for anyone who's interested, or you can listen here. The Gilbert bit starts around 3:30.