At Figment, we try to provide you with lots of inspiration. And that includes talking with some of our favorite writers about what inspires them. Because sometimes even talking about inspiration can be inspiring. Right? Right!
Today, we’re chatting with inspiration-master Julie Kagawa, author of the Blood of Eden series (you can start reading the newest installment, The Eternity Cure, right here on Figment)! Check out her inspiration and then share your own. Our five favorites entries will be featured on the Figment homepage!
“Where do you get your inspiration?”
I think every writer has heard this question once or twice. How we come up with our stories, plots, characters, etc., seems to be such a nebulous and magical thing; as if we have a library of “inspiring” books, movies, or songs to draw upon whenever we need an idea. Truthfully, inspiration comes not from a single source but from life itself; our experiences, how we see the world, what moves and motivates us, is all very different.
Though there are things that inspire us more than others. For me, much of my inspiration comes from video games.
Yes, you heard me. Video games. PS3, Xbox 360, PC, you name it, I have it. (Sadly, the Wii and I have decided to call it quits for now.) Now, before I am bombarded with the “video games rot your brain” and “video games are bloody and violent” arguments, let me explain.
Julie’s gaming room: “Why yes, that is a huge pull down projector screen for gaming, thank you for noticing. And individual leather armchairs for ultimate comfort while you game. Yes, you may be jealous. ;-)”
I am an avid gamer, and what draws me to certain types of video games are the stories they tell. A video game is another medium of telling a story, and can be even more immersive than a movie perhaps, because you are the one controlling the character. My favorite games, the ones that inspire me the most, have beautiful, complex, sometimes tragic stories running through them. My absolute favorite games are the ones that can make me tear up at the end (Dragon’s Age, Final Fantasy 10, Mass Effect 3 for anyone curious). Because you’ve spent a great deal of time with these characters, have seen them fight and struggle and win and lose, and when their story comes to a close, it’s like saying goodbye to an old friend. These types of games inspire me, push me to make my own stories, my own characters, better. And if that’s not an argument against “all video games do is rot your brain,” I don’t know what is.
But this isn’t a post about video games. It’s a post about inspiration. This is mine, but everyone is inspired differently. The important thing to remember is this—when you find your inspiration, don’t let it go to waste. Use it. Whether you write, draw, paint, sing, or make birdhouses out of matchsticks, creativity is a gift that should be encouraged, no matter what inspires it.
What inspires you? Is it music, books, movies, even exercise? Share it with us! Your entry should be no more than 50 words and should include the tag InspireChallenge. The challenge runs until Tuesday, May 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Figment editors will be reading all the entries and we’ll choose our five favorites to be featured on the Figment homepage.
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