Friday, April 22, 2011

What inspires you?


Happy National Jelly Bean Day!  I know... that's a little strange, I honestly didn't know it was until I saw a sign outside the library.  It's also Good Friday and Earth Day.  Wow, that's a lot of days in one day.  I read "The Lorax" in honor of Earth Day, watched part of "The Passion of the Christ" for Good Friday, and I'm eating some jelly beans as I write this right now.

No letter from the contest yet, darn it.  But no news is not terrible news... or something like that. :)

Anyway, writing.  I was thinking today and I wanted to ask, what inspires you to write something?  My first book I wrote kind of as a dare for a friend that thought all books had happy endings and positive conclusion.  It became much more than that.  The second was based on a poor relationship that I had in high school, a boyfriend that was verbally abusive.  He was never anything like the abusive boyfriend in my novel, but it was something that I realized people don't write about.  The third was inspired by a true story.  A young man disappeared from my college campus and I became emotionally attached to the situation, desperate for him to come home, but they didn't find him alive.  He died.  I almost didn't continue writing the story but I did.  I wrote it for him; it gave Jon a happier ending in my opinion.  I felt like I gave him a chance to live, even if it wasn't real and only in the pages of a book.

The novel that I started a few weeks ago is called "The Secret".  It was inspired by Moulin Rouge.  I know, weird inspiration.  But I love Ewan McGregor.  What can I say, I love a man that sings "I will love you until my dying day". 

There's a line in there that made me think and the story just evolved from there.  "Never fall in love with a woman that sells herself; it only ends badly."  It's about a young woman that works at a strip club for money while going to school to be a doctor.  She has incredibly low self-esteem and doesn't think that she is worth anything, only her physical beauty.  Lydia doesn't mean to fall in love with Zach, thinking that he could never love her.  It's a story of an impossible love that will break your heart.  Also, I modeled the main character's best friend after one of my friends, Callie is based on my friend Emma. :)  She loves climbing, doesn't mind swearing, and still a persistent Christian.  It's still a work-in-progress.  I only have a little over 2,000 words.

I've also been known to be inspired to write by watching NCIS or just thinking before I fall asleep.  I love making up crazy ideas and trying to form a story! 

What inspires you to write? 

In Christ,


  1. Hi, Krista! It's Tess from FFN. I think your blog is really neat, and your works-in-progress sound very interesting.

    I get inspired to write by songs or just thoughts that float through my mind. Lately I've not written much at all, but hopefully this block will go away and I can get back to writing because I love it.

  2. I get inspired by everything. I have an over active imagination and am always seeing or hearing something and thinking 'what if...'

  3. Your story sounds brilliant!

    HOnestly, I don't know where my inspiration comes from. I'll be driving along and suddenly an idea hits me. Or I'll get a mental image and a story grows around it. Or my daughter asks a kid question (What if...?) and an idea sprouts.