One of the questions I hear most often (whether it’s being asked of me or a friend) is:
“Where do you get your ideas?”
It’s something that comes up all the time. Everyone wants to know we got to sparkly vampires, a wizard school, that one ring, or a family’s drama screwing up the galaxy one lightsaber swing at a time.
So what’s the answer? Where do these things come from?
I read once that Run Lola Run was the inspiration for Majora’s Mask.
Star Wars was inspired by Akira Kurosawa.
The Hunger Games played heavily off of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.
Ideas are not grasped out of the ether. Everything comes from something else. The stories you love come from bits and pieces of ones you’ve never heard of macerating in that author’s brain.
For me, ideas come from anything and everything. They’re little thoughts that filter in through dreams (thanks cheese) or they’re that three word lyric from a song I heard once. They’re a person’s name, a photograph of a broken doll on a side wall, of a landscape so beautiful it doesn’t seem real.
Influence is real. It’s all around you. Dissect it, sew two ideas together, attach a third, dye it green and then mill it down to a fine powder. Mix it with clay and form something wholly knew.
So, where do you get your ideas? Where do you find inspiration?