Where does your inspiration come from? by @AuthorLynnBurke #WritersLife

How did you think up a dragon shifter who will enter eternal sleep if he doesn’t claim his human mate?

Where did your brain surgeon with the need to submit to his Domme come from?

And the timid, virginal thirty-something from your latest release…what the hell happened that she decided to visit a sex club?

Inspiration for new stories can be found pretty much anywhere, but three get me going more than any others.

Books!! 

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There are a handful of writers I one-click without thought, without even reading the blurb of their newest release. Why? These authors understand deep PoV (Kristin Lamb had an awesome post on this last week) and drag me into their character’s emotions and turmoil effortlessly.

Roni Loren’s Nothing Between Us, was the first M/M/F love story I ever read. Talk about HEAT! It’s also one I revisit because it’s so well written. My Finding Freedom evolved from my own religious upbringing and fantasies of threesomes, but I never would have considered the story had I not been introduced to her characters who wouldn’t be swayed by society’s thoughts on what is right or wrong.

Oftentimes, it’s the secondary or background characters I’m thinking of when a new story pops up. How did they end up where they are? What drives them? What do they long for, and what stands in their way? Good fodder for the brain right there.

People watching!

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Another great inspiration time for me is people watching. Sitting in public and allowing my mind free rein with those who wander past.

She obviously wasn’t thinking this morning while pulling on those pants.

Why are his eyes so haunted?

Makeup isn’t quite working to cover that young woman’s bruise.

The elderly couple, both stooped and shuffling, still holding hands.

But it can be a tiny detail that brings a character to life. Take the tall, lithe young blond in the post office a few months ago…he inspired Kaden’s ass in No One Until Her.

Music!

I know this is a big one for a lot of my author friends. Harmony and sustained words can easily get the creative juices flowing. Even a single line can create an image so vivid in my mind that an entire story floods over me faster than I can jot a quick outline.

What about you? What gets your imagination going? When does an idea capture you and demand you write as fast as your fingers can click?

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