Inspiration?

I have a question, a fairly simple one I think.

Where do you get your inspiration for the stories you write? Do they just pop into your head? Do you see something happen on TV or in a store and think, what if it happened this way?

I’ve always been a story writer. When I was little I would make up stories about where people were going and what was going to happen to them. People that passed in front of my house, people I saw out the window when I was in the car. It just happens. I liked to write them down, though until recently they weren’t fit for consumption, lol.

Now I find myself in a predicament where it continues to happen and I can’t keep up. I write approx. five hours a day, about six thousand words per day (except for when I’m editing) and the list in my head just keeps getting longer. After I finish the trilogy I’m currently working on I have another trilogy planned, then a paranormal romance, and a Christmas romance, and they just keep coming. This morning came with another one.

And they’re not just ideas. They’re complete. Characters, plot, everything. I’m starting to think I’m losing my mind – and I like it. It’s a lot of work and frustrating at times, but it’s so much fun!

So I am curious if anyone else is losing their mind like me, or if I’m all alone out here in crazyland? I would love to know what gets all of you working. Do you lose stories that were great when you thought of them, but you couldn’t get to them before they were replaced? Do you write them down so you won’t lose them? Where do the ideas come from? Do you even know where they come from?

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2 thoughts on “Inspiration?

  1. You know I am every bit as crazy as you when it comes to this. Maybe even moreso. I have a whole network of stories that will never be written. It’s like there’s a lit agent in my head and all of these amazing queries are coming across my desk and only the best of the best that are already there will ever get written.

    As for my inspiration, the answer is: everything and nothing. Paradoxical, but true. TV shows, movies, fanfics, what-ifs, but they are also just there. They are parts of me: hopes, fears, dreams, regrets, wishes. Yet, it’s also like somebody else is writing them and I am just the broken translator trying to convert them from one medium to another.

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