I’ve had several people asked me where I get my ideas for stories. The answer is fairly simple, everywhere. I’ve got over 100 notes saved for future stories. When inspiration hits, I have to take note of it, or I will forget it ten minutes later.
I recently dreamed that I could see magic pooling like water, and when someone accidentally stepped in it, they used the magic unknowingly as luck or inspiration. The first thing I did when I woke up was to email the idea back to myself. I feel sure that I’ll be using that idea soon.
This weekend I visited the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Park in Kentucky and learned a little about our 16th president. Shortly after Lincoln was born his parent’s claim to the property called Sinking Springs was challenged in court, and they lost the case forcing them to move a few miles away to Knob Creek. When their right to this property was challenged as well, Lincoln’s parents through up their hands and moved to Indiana. I have to say that I feel a story or two forming off of these events.
Being forced off one’s land isn’t a new story, but when I see events like this, I wonder what it would look like in a science fiction or fantasy setting. I chuckled to myself as I wrote that last sentence because in a fantasy setting the movie Shrek instantly comes to mind. “What are you doing in my swamp?”
There is a unique spring at Lincoln’s birthplace that I find inspiring as well. The water comes out of the rocks, drops into a hole in the ground and runs off into a cave. Just think, President Lincoln’s first drink of water most likely came from this spring. I find it interesting that they have a sign saying not to drink from it. Maybe the water makes people smarter or gives them some supernatural power and the government doesn’t want us to know. There are a few stories here.
I could write much more, but I’ve always promised myself that I’d keep these short. I’ve posted a picture or two of the spring and the steps leading down to it. Let me know if you find it as inspiring as I do.
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