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

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I9f7pu6z Melanie Goodman · Author · edited 15 days ago · 1 like
I’ve always written since I can remember being able to write.  Usually, it was short stories, I write and have written probably entire novels over the course of roleplay with friends.  I don’t know if my current first draft (shamelessly here at www.inkshares.com/painted-stars) originally started as a book.  I’d just gotten my son’s autism diagnosis with no idea what was on the horizon as his mom (it’s an amazing magical ride) and letting go of everything I thought parenting would be to accept it was different was...very difficult.

I did what I’ve always done.  I opened my google docs and started writing.  I was inspired by the awe of the enormity of being a parent and found it tied well with the same sort of sense staring at the night sky and pondering the universe gives me.  Every day, it got a little bit longer until I somehow had 30k words and kept growing.  It didn’t write itself, per se- it’s taken me three years to finish.  It’s almost morphed from a coping tool into creating a world my son and I can share, really.
F aenpqg Chris H. Stevenson · Author · edited about 2 months ago · 1 like
My first science fiction book was inspired by Poul Anderson, from a little novel called Virgin Planet. I just fell in love with his style, humor and irony. Not to mention the world-building. My most recent (last book) was on a double-dog dare me challenge, proposed by a pixel princess. She told me that I wrote nice, but sweet romance in all of my books. She suggested that I could write a great romance if I gave it a try and respected the genre. I agreed and began the project. She triple-dog dared me to make it erotic. I hesitated, then did some more reading and research. I then produced my first ever erotic/romantic thriller (after 28 years and 26 books). It just popped from major retailers. I’m happy about both occasions. It’s my job!
Z3x69why KC Jones · Author · added about 2 months ago
My first book, Full Cold Moon, began as a screenplay. At the time, I was having trouble breaking a different story, and wound up having a panic attack on my kitchen floor. During that little episode, I had an idea about a man who meets a woman who handcuffs herself to her bed during the full moon. I had trouble breaking that one too, until I realized she was the more interesting character and should be the protagonist. The script came pretty easily after that -- but ultimately the story was better as a novel. Writing a novel seemed pretty imposing, but having a script as an outline gave me the boost I needed to tackle it, and now here I am :)
Fb img 1542870857669 Alexandra Welch · Author · edited 2 months ago · 1 like
My "first" book, Grimalkin, is actually in its third incarnation. It began as a pure fantasy novel. Then it combined with another novel I was developing, and became an urban fantasy set in Sedona, Arizona. Now it’s fantasy horror set in WNY with elements of yet another novel mixed in. I’ve been at it (the two or three stories that morphed into one) for almost two decades but I felt secure enough in the current incarnation to enter it into this year’s horror contest. I’m inspired by everything from my dreams and nightmares. to places I’ve been and people I’ve met, people I’d love to know, and people (but not) I’d rather not.
S g PW Jordan · Author · edited 2 months ago · 1 like
I’ve  always been a reader and written since always. I remember typing on my sisters toy typewriter or scratching in notebooks. I’ve written and written and just not managed to finish a fully formed manuscript. I’ve changed a lot in the process and now take the process more seriously in planning and working on the beats. I guess its just in me and i’m trying to help it out and onto the page.
Valiquette 10 22 18 028 copy Leo Valiquette · Author · added 3 months ago
My first book? Because it was the 80s and I wanted to be Feist, or Eddings and see my name in print under a TOR, or DAW or BAEN imprint. I still want to see my name in print, because I’m compelled to write and the voices in my head won’t take no for an answer. And now it’s a interesting process of self-discovery to see what themes unconsciously emerge in my work.
Userphoto8 original D. Artis · Author · edited 3 months ago · 1 like
Let’s see, the thing that inspired me to write my current novel was a project I started in my final year of art school. I had to make posters for a possible movie/comic book and I just got carried away with character design. Before I knew it, I was deep into world building and creating story arcs.
3narkt5n A. P. Silva · Author · edited 15 days ago · 3 likes
That’s an awesome question! Why? Because it’s so hard to answer. For me, I don’t feel like there is every one particular thing that inspires a story; it’s an amalgamation of whatever is going on in life at that moment and my (then) current mindset. But I think what inspired me to write the novel that is up on Inkshares was my inability to find a book that covered the topic I was pondering. When you can’t find it, write it!
Image Luke Eaton · Author · edited 3 months ago · 3 likes
My latest book, The Gods Who Want To Die, was inspired by my own experiences being raised in a cult and mine and my family’s painful exit from it a few years ago. It was horrible, hence it’s a horror :) 
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · added 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 4 months 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.