Strange Sources of Inspiration

Tonight I had a moment of inspiration with one of my two new characters, Doug.  It was inspired by an odd event, though, namely a line from a Nicki Minaj song.

Unlike other odd moments of inspiration, I can give a clear trace of this one.  I will do so now, for your entertainment.  The following train of thought was sparked when I heard the line “My name is Onika, you can call me Nicki” in a song.

There are a lot of things Nicki can be short for.
Nicki is an interesting name.
Would I name a child Nicki?
No, I know too many Nickis and some of them are not nice.
Would I name a character Nicki?
Maybe.  Do I need a new female character?
Doug could use a woman in his life.
She could be Doug’s girlfriend!
But Doug is single in the novel.
She could be Doug’s ex-girlfriend!
Heartbreak!  This is a great piece of back story for him.
So Doug’s heart was broken by Nicki.
She could be his ex-wife!
Doug is divorced!  That makes sense with what I know so far.

This is the exact line of thought (which happened quite rapidly, between one stoplight and the next) that led from a Nicki Minaj song on the radio to my decision (discovery?) that Doug is divorced.  🙂


Words of Wisdom Wednesday

To continue with the writing theme for our November Words of Wisdom Wednesday, it is time for songs that have inspired my writing.

“I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned/Staring at the blank page before you/Open up the dirty window/Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find” – Natasha Bedingfield, Unwritten (This inspired me to write in the first place.)

“Clouds of sulfur in the air/Bombs are falling everywhere/It’s heartbreak warfare” – John Mayer, Heartbreak Warfare (This song helped me find the right, albeit unpleasant, ending to Dragon.)

Do you have writing-related songs to share?

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Inspired by a variety of recent occurrences, I’d like to start a new tradition.  This isn’t exactly a series, but I will try to do this on Wednesdays at least a couple of times a month.  And guess what!  It’s interactive!

I like quotations.  (Apparently “quotes” are the little symbols around that word, not a saying.)  What I’m planning to do is use a theme or context for them, post a couple that I like that fit, and then open up the floor for your favorites (within the appropriate theme, of course).  Sometimes we’ll do books, or poems, or even music and movies.  Before you argue, those are technically written documents as well; songs are sung poems and movies are performed plays.

This week, in honor of my main inspiration for this concept, the theme is “Things you’d really like to say but can’t” and the context is song quotations.  All of mine are from Sara Bareilles’ album Kaleidoscope Heart and they are directed at a variety of people.  The song title follows the quotation.

“I’m not the girl that I intend to be.  But I dare you darlin’, just you wait and see.  But this time not for you, but just for me.” (Gonna Get Over You)

“I’m not the one who went and made a mistake.  I want to walk away too.  But I want you to say you’re sorry.”  (Say You’re Sorry)

“Stand in line wasting all of your time just to hate me.  Every dime gone to ways you can find that might bait me…  You love to be somebody’s enemy.”  (Machine Gun)

Ok, your turn!  Song lyrics you wish you could say to someone – go!