Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Story Fodder

My dogs escaped yesterday.  That’s right, escaped.  A strong gust of wind blew open the front door of our apartment while I was in another room, and Chipotle and Panera (I know, right?) took that briefest of opportunities to explore the vast, wide world of our apartment complex.  Needless to say, it was only a matter of minutes before I realized they were gone, and set out in search after them.

I found them not far from the door, at a small playground in a tiny courtyard behind our apartments.  Chipotle, dutiful Pomeranian that he is, immediately came bounding toward me. Panera, however, went bounding away, out of sight in a matter of seconds.  This launched an ordeal that ultimately resulted in Panera being brought to a PetSmart animal hospital this morning, in perfect health, and returned to me before noon.  The interim period was filled with emotions that I didn’t really know I had, and now that it’s over, I realize that even that traumatic experience gives me something to write about.

I have no plans to include a dog escape in my fantasy/sci-fi novel. That doesn’t make much sense.  The feelings I experienced, on the other hand, of loss, desperation, panic, relief, and so on, were tangible.  I know that I can include those types of emotions into my characters to help them become believable.  I’m actually excited to do that.

In any case, inspiration can come from anywhere, and I think, as I’m carrying on throughout the next month, it might be a good idea for me to carry around a small notepad and a pen, to jot down things I see, hear, think, or feel, to use in my story, even if it’s in a small, barely noticeable way.

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