Which books- fiction or nonfiction- inspire you when writing stories?11/6/2007 #1
I feel immature when I say a fiction book inspires me - I can't write based of another person's book. I feel sullied and plagiarizing. I to use an encyclopedia of mythology and baby-name book for naming characters. Inspiration comes from everywhere.12/21/2007 #2
Certain fiction books do inspire me for sure. Not in the sense that I want to rip off their book, but, for example, I've been reading a lot of books set in Victorian London, and I really want to write a story with a Victorian setting now.1/1/2008 #3
Also, nonfiction books about ancient civilisations always make me want to write about those civilisations.
All kinds of things inspire me, and I'm not ashamed to say that fiction inspires me. Certain genres, certain characters that I read about can set the imagination buzzing.1/6/2008 #4
Stuff that's happened in my life, in the lives of others and in the news also inspire me. Life is one big inspiration!
Hmm, I should have clarified - modern and 'popular fiction' books I may feel inspired from, but I do not write based on those. The only books I base stories on are so-called 'classics' that are allowed to be the framework for things - for instance, in the work I'm currently working, most of the imagery is 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Peter Pan' based. I would never do that for a book that has a copyright still in affect, and I would never write something continuing on directly (or even just with the same characters/setting) as another's individual book - I save that for fan-fiction. However, if I have read a stream of books say in Victorian England, like Alice Potato said, that may influence me.1/15/2008 #5
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