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Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Heliotrope, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Heliotrope

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    Does anyone else find random muses in their everyday life?

    I feel like I'm so enthralled by interesting people I see on the street.

    Today I (for the first time) noticed that my garbage man is kind of hot. Now I want to write a story about what it would be like to be a hot garbage man, picking up ladies but then having to hide my career choice.

    Or maybe a lonely woman secretly in love with her sexy garbage man who she only sees for a moment once a week.

    Another time I was driving home from my coffee shop and there was a homeless man standing in the middle of the dark street around a dark corner. They do that a lot in the winter in my town because if they get hit by a car they get to go to the hospital where it is warm and they get fed. After that I was inspired to write about a homeless man trying to get hit by a car.

    Does anyone else find facinating muses in every day life?
     
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  2. Chessie

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    I would totally read this. Please write it.
     
  3. Demesnedenoir

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    Bow Junka Wow Wow... There's your working title, heh heh.
     
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  4. Heliotrope

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    HA! Oh my gosh that is hilarious.
     
  5. Svrtnsse

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    This happens to me too. I see people interacting with each other and a story spins off of it. I haven't acted on it so far, but it's an amusing pastime when not doing anything else.

    Also, now and then I look at people for inspiration of what characters in my story would look like.
     
  6. Demesnedenoir

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    Anytime I can be of assistance.

    Weird memory flash due to this topic... my sister once noted that the guy who came out to pump her septic was extremely hot... which seems like an odd job for good looking people. Apparently, he was the son of the owner of the company and to top it off, his sister made a living as a model. I never saw him, but did see his sister on a calendar... yup, children of the septic guy were good lookin' folks, LOl.
     
  7. Chessie

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    I don't really like people so I get more inspiration from Pinterest than I do at the coffee shop.
     
  8. Chessie

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    LMAO! Some of the hottest dudes I've seen worked at gas stations, which may explain why I ended up marrying a diesel mechanic.
     
  9. Heliotrope

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    Mechanics are notoriously hot though.
     
  10. Demesnedenoir

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    People inspire all the best murder plots I have in my head... heh heh.

     
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    Sorry, I immediately picture the the mechanic in the Kids in the Hall skit with the outlandishly long blond hair.

     
  12. Demesnedenoir

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    For me, most of the hottest women I've ever seen are waitresses... or maybe that's because they're bringing me food and beer, LOL.

     
  13. Chessie

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    There's this sweetie pie girl I know that made it into one of my novels. She was a hostess at the restaurant I used to work at and she pissed me off one day so I killed her off.

    *Regarding men with long hair...sigh...LOVE. I will forever be attracted to Barbarian looking men and was totally horrified when my husband cut off his dreads. Carry on...
     
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  14. Heliotrope

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    Oh my gosh, my husband has this fantasy about having torpedos on the front of his truck for all the slow people on the highway, but the kicker is he wants a video camera and a repeat button so he can watch it over and over again in slow mo.

    Chessie also love me a long haired Adonis. Man buns and bushy beards are my thing :)

    I've got a huge crush on my single dad pirate in my WIP right now.... long shaggy hair, bushy beard, lots of tatties.... Trying to raise an obnoxious pre-teen in modern day New York when he belongs on the high seas in the 17th C... *sigh*
     
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  15. Demesnedenoir

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    I had a disintegrator ray installed in my car, but it never worked, damn it.
     
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  16. Chessie

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    You've inspired me to make Sergei's hair longer than shaggy. It's a done deal. Also, my husband is not allowed to shave off his beard. It's all that's left of a time when he was hairier than a werewolf. Sigh. (Yes, he's covered in tats what's wrong with me?!)
     
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    On a serious note and back to the topic...very rarely have real life people made it into my stories. Maybe it's because I live an isolated life in the mountains? Dunno. My characters seem to come out of nowhere ether, although this NaNo story's mc is a total play on Vasilia from Slavic mythology.
     
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  18. Heliotrope

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    I just love real people. I think this is why I tend to write urban fantasy, I just see real people and I get so inspired by their stories. Perhaps I'm character driven?

    I love to take real life stuff and make it fantastical, showing the possibility of magic in every day life, so when I see a great 'real life' character it just grounds the whole story for me. I don't have a Nano cover, but I'm using an image by the photographer Lee Jefferies, because it is basically what inspired the whole story of Blackbeard Sleeps in the Subway. Lee Jefferies goes around the world and photographs homeless people and this photo just had my whole story in it:

    *edit: can't get the image :(

    http://nanowrimo.org/participants/heliotrope1/novels/blackbeard-sleeps-in-the-subway

    You can see it on my nano page if you want.
     
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  19. Demesnedenoir

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    Yes, on the serious side, no character I've written is directly attributable to a real person. There is, however, an homage to David Bowie in a character in the book Helio is reading, as he died about the time I was writing the chapter, and if imagining someone to play the part, Bowie would've been it for me. But, he's not based on Bowie by any stretch.

    There's also a certain symbolism of one character that goes to an amalgam of women, far more thematic (the lost potential of love) sort of theme rather than as an inspiration.

    On the subconscious level... well, who the hell knows, LOL.
     
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  20. Chessie

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    What fascinates me are the different reasons why all of us write and what inspires us.
     
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