So, Friday March 2 I wrote a flash fic (1k) story set in the far-future Forsyr universe shared with M Williams. Because authors are often asked the question “Where do you get your ideas?” I thought since it’s all still fresh in my mind, I would share where I got mine.
- While working on designing my next embroidery project, I had a thought on twitter: Question to the universe: How come in fantasy the main female protagonist always hates embroidery? That’s it, #embroidery now = magic.
- This spawned a conversation with Niki Smith about Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series.
- Then I decided to give my twitter embroidery project some superpowers. I also took a picture, whose colors inspired me. (Around this point I began toying with the idea of what sort of powers I would give embroidery instead?)
- Ever since I first set eyes on The Seamstress by JenZee, I’ve longed to capture a bit of the painting’s essence in a story. While browsing through my favourites for brainstorming purposes, I also lingered over Cosmic Love and Forever in a dream by Alicechan.
- The song Lights by Ellie Goulding.
- A particular scene/image from Genesis Earth by Joe Vasicek. You’ll know it if you’ve read it and Starspun ever gets published. 😉
- IR Photography, in particular the difference between a galaxy shown in the visible-light spectrum and the infrared spectrum. Want an explanation? Visit Hubble’s Toolbox.
- Death by Black Hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
- The idea of all the elements being born from stardust left over from supernovae.
- The word “starguts”.
- I went looking for a flash fiction story that took place all in one scene, which is the format I had in mind. I found a good example in “Do I Tell Her?” by Stephen L. Peck, Daily Science Fiction’s January 16, 2012 story.
- The short story guideline notes I took at this year’s LTUE. Including but not limited to – “A short story needs an interesting character in an interesting place doing interesting things”, which I broke down into parts as I brainstormed like a checklist, and “If the whole story is about ‘what’s really going on’ and the reader gets to the end and says, ‘well, what happens next?’ then it’s not a short story.” You could argue with that last bit of advice, of course, but I decided to run with it for this piece.
- Previous world-building M Williams and I did back in June 2011 for the planet Forsyr.
Yes. All of that for 1k. Now you see why authors have a hard time answering the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”