Thursday, March 31, 2011

Getting Lost In My Stories

A few weeks ago I posted about what has inspired me to write my stories. As mentioned in Laying A Foundation, the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov played a major role in my writing. But there is another reason that plays into the inspiration.

In September 2004, a television program began that completely changed my view of writing. That show was Lost. From the beginning the show captivated me. This wasn't because it was science fiction, which many would argue it wasn't in the beginning. And it wasn't because it had big-name actors, because it didn't. But Lost had writing that captivated me. Throughout the entire series the writers managed to create a world that you continued to question even as they revealed answers. The story appeared to be about people lost on a deserted island, but turned into an intricate plot that was bigger and more intricate than many realized. I enjoyed the show so much it is probably my favorite television show of all time, despite the fact that I didn't care for the ending and ended up writing my own.

Between Foundation and Lost, I found my inspiration for Miscorrection. Both stories’s helped me flesh out my story and how I wanted to tell it. You can see their influence within my writing, whether it’s Miscorrection or my short stories that I have written. Like Foundation, Miscorrection has a plotline that spans many, many years. And like Lost, I am attempting to write Miscorrection to raise questions that you can speculate about with others. I answer some questions quickly and definitively, and others I'll answer as I write stories in the future. And others will always be ambiguous and up to the reader to decide.

But the inspiration doesn’t stop there. Throughout my writings, you can find other hidden gems. I like to reference things that have interested me over my nearly 34 years of life. I do this for my enjoyment and for my readers who want to dive a little deeper–those who like to reread and discuss what they have discovered.

But enough about me, what’s inspired you to do what you do? Let it be known in the comments below!