What inspired you to start writing your first/latest book?

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Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added 6 days ago
The first story I ever wrote was in the fifth grade, (it wasn’t the most amazing work ever, but it was a start) it was inspired by my experience in role playing games. There wasn’t a videogame where I could play the character in my head so I wrote it. My current preorder campaign is based on an art project I did of Clint Eastwood, I really wanted to create my own western. I went through a period of watching Clint Eastwood movies and playing Red Dead Redemption while writing this story. I saw what I wanted those Westerns to be so I wrote it.
Zack badge color 2 Z.Z. Traver · Author · edited 6 days ago · 1 like
My book was actually inspired by an interactive fiction game written by Inkshares author Christopher Huang ("A Gentleman’s Murder" --A great book.)  Things really started moving when I wrote the first draft last year during NaNoWriMo!
Picture Iriplenex · Author · edited 6 days ago · 4 likes
My first book I was inspired because I was in a bad place personally, so I signed up for my first NaNoWriMo event and finished it. Now, 6 years later, here I am. My most recent one, the world that my first novel was set in I realized could write a really nice romantic story as a kind of "off shoot" of my main fantasy work.
Nbp1bazw Michael Kilman · Author · edited 3 months ago · 3 likes
My most recent WIP Upon Stilted Cities was inspired by a dream all the way back in 2011, which I wrote down. In it, a man was standing overlooking a Giant walking city as it migrated through a desert landscape. 

At the time though, I was a graduate student and only had a few moments here or there to write anything down. Then a few years ago I started thinking about that dream and started writing stuff down. The next thing I knew I had a rough draft of the first 3 books and nearly 900 pages of text. Some of those were very rough at first but now they are much cleaner. 

The series will now have 6 novels. I self-published the first book Mimi of the Nowhere back in May and it’s getting a great response so far.  Upon Stilted Cities the second book just got a new cover and you find samples of it on my page. 

Just keep writing and write that thing which really is a splinter in your mind and will not let you rest until you get some words on the page. That’s when you know there is something to your story. 
Img 20151017 121906 Durena Burns · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
Hello everyone,

What inspired me to write my latest project was having a companion and expansion book for my self-published work ’Call Me Whitehead’ about my late uncle’s experiences as a young black man in Vietnam War and training.

My current story ’Pieces of Us’, are tales of my late uncle’s & his siblings’ life---including my grandmother (his sister). Here’s the link for anyone interested: www.inkshares.com/books/pieces-of-us-a-tale-of-family 

Thank you,

 Durena Burns


1435464897.suddenhack image Bethany Fox · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
Funny enough I actually got into writing because of a particular roleplay I did with someone a few years ago my book the beginning is the second thing I’ve ever written. My first is unfinished and I’m not sure if I can because it was so long ago, anyway here is my current book https://www.inkshares.com/books/the-beginning please check it out and let me know
Dean fearce dean fearce · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
After reading Stephen King’s memoir "On Writing" I felt inspired and motivated to try writing fiction. The first book idea I had is, after many years, in production here at Inkshares. Shameless self promotion: come follow my Suspense Thriller, currently titled Murder Happens, but that’s a working title and likely to change soon...
https://www.inkshares.com/books/murder-happens
35434221 10216932219082941 3867770766200143872 n Andrew Hennis · Author · edited 6 days ago · 4 likes
Hello all!
Although I’ve been writing short stories and poetry for most of my life, it’s only recently that I’ve tried to write a full-fledged novel. In all honesty, the thing that inspired me to write the book that I’m working on right now, "Rejects", was a dream that I had. A few scenarios in the first chapter of the book were directly influenced by the actions and scenes that were in that dream and I just received such a powerful desire to write a story surrounding those events.

Please feel free to leave shameless self-promotion on this thread! I’d love to be able to read about the inspirations of others and how that’s gotten them to where they are with their novel.