You already explained in this blog how events you witnessed or were part of, or people you met found their way into your stories. I was wondering whether novels by other authors are also a source of inspiration. Obviously, I'm not speaking of plagiarism, but of using a phrase, a situation, a feeling as some sort of a springboard, or as an incentive to spin you own tale.
Yes there have bene times when a story I've read has sparked an idea. Many years ago I was reading a scene in a romance and I was pulled out of the story completely. This was back in the earlier days of gay romance. This was a shifter story and the one character was scarred. There was a scene when the author finally dealt with that issue and as I read it, I thought the author handled it very wrong. I just thought it should have been done differently.
That error, in my judgement, stuck with me well after I'd finished the reading the story, so in the end I developed characters and situation for a short story and wrote it. The entire purpose was for me to write a similar scene to what the author had done wrong, and this time do it the way I thought it should be done. In the end, the author told their story and I told mine. They were very different, but her work inspired me.
That exact kind of inspiration hasn't happened again, but I do read stories where I see an element or watch a movie where I think a plot devise is clever and file it away because I think that will work well in a story. I will say that the more something moved me emotionally, the more likely it is to inspire something in my writing.
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