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gothicangel
01-28-2010, 03:41 AM
I've known for about two years now I wanted to write a novel set against the world of professional tennis. I knew there was a murder, but otherwise the plot alluded me.

Then it came to me while playing Top Spin on the Wii tonight.

Okay, what are your weird and wonderful places?

SirOtter
01-28-2010, 04:40 AM
Okay, what are your weird and wonderful places?

The original title of the book I'm currently flogging about to agents never thrilled me, but I couldn't think of a better one until I took She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed to the Nashville Symphony on our anniversary last year. Itzhak Perlman was the special guest for the evening, and as he was conducting something by Beethoven, the much better title Smarter Than the Average Werewolf just came to me. I have no idea why.

Kitty Pryde
01-28-2010, 04:53 AM
I was drinking beers and talking shit (as one does) at high altitude on a trip to Bishop, California, and a genius name for my kidlit novel just came to me.

Recent weird inspiration: in the passenger seat of a car on a deserted snow-covered road in Germany in a snowstorm, coming back from a pub crawl (hmm, i see a pattern here I think), and an enormous wild boar ran out into the road ahead of us--the car stopped just in time. When my heart rate had returned normal again, I had a brilliant story idea.

Wayne K
01-28-2010, 04:54 AM
Mine hit me as I was writing a suicide note. Around page 100 I thought "This would make a pretty good book"

Cliff Face
01-28-2010, 05:04 AM
I was working in a call centre, talking endlessly about roller shutters, and then I had this great idea for a book. It had nothing to do with roller shutters.

ETA: Okay, so it's not as weird as some of yours. Dang.

LaurieD
01-28-2010, 05:36 AM
Maybe not the original idea for one, but some of my horrorsmut was/has been written in the parking lot of my kids' school while I wait for 3:00.

Have I mentioned they go to Catholic school?

brokenfingers
01-28-2010, 05:54 AM
For me it's usually one of the following:

1. In the shower

2. While driving

3. During a movie

3. Right before I go to sleep, a time I usually spend thinking on my WIP

Matera the Mad
01-28-2010, 07:14 AM
I was standing by the fryer in Taco Bell when I realized that one of my characters was an accidental time traveler.

I didn't burn the chips.

Wayne K
01-28-2010, 07:18 AM
I'm waiting for someone to say "In the can"

:D

Snowstorm
01-28-2010, 07:26 AM
At a restaurant, while staring at an oil lamp on a sideboard, I asked the owner for a piece of paper and a pencil. I said, way too loud, "I just thought of a great way to kill somebody, and I gotta write it down."

CACTUSWENDY
01-28-2010, 07:26 AM
Darn it Wayne...I was going to say...on the throne. lol :ROFL:

(Let minds think what they want.)

SanStormin
01-28-2010, 07:32 AM
I was drinking beers and talking shit (as one does) at high altitude on a trip to Bishop, California, and a genius name for my kidlit novel just came to me.

Recent weird inspiration: in the passenger seat of a car on a deserted snow-covered road in Germany in a snowstorm, coming back from a pub crawl (hmm, i see a pattern here I think), and an enormous wild boar ran out into the road ahead of us--the car stopped just in time. When my heart rate had returned normal again, I had a brilliant story idea.

You're sh*tting us now, too? Wild boar?!
I'm impressed. I've only had a wild turkey fly across my hood.

Mine prob. are during the sermon on Sunday morning. Oops.

HighDesertBrat
01-28-2010, 08:13 AM
In the stirrups at the gynecologist.

Kitty Pryde
01-28-2010, 09:09 AM
You're sh*tting us now, too? Wild boar?!
I'm impressed. I've only had a wild turkey fly across my hood.


I shit you not! I swear, the thing was 5 feet long and stripy and covered in snow. AND THE TUSKS! I almost peed myself. Our friend said that in 40 years living in Germany he had never seen a wild boar before.

soapdish
01-28-2010, 09:22 AM
I think I've said this in a similar thread, but my best stuff always comes to me when I'm blow drying my hair.:Shrug:

Mr Flibble
01-28-2010, 05:20 PM
I blogged about mine a while ago:

I’ve been having a knotty little problem of how to ’sort of’ resolve a row between two lovers. Well, there’s the obvious way, isn’t there? The post row bonkathon. Only I’ve never written a sex scene before. There weren’t any in the first book and if I have someone who reads that and, gods forfend, want to read the second obviously I don’t want it to suddenly be erotica. So, how to go about it? How to insinuate it all without any ‘And then Tab A was inserted in Slot B, and everyone was sweaty, a little sticky but above all happy’

So to take my mind off it I go back to reading ‘American Gods,’ by Neil Gaimen. An excellent book btw, and I love his depiction of Odin. Shame about Thor, he’s my favourite god. So there I am, reading about a zombie blowing maggots out of her nose when BOOM, it hits me. Inspiration for a really quite sweet / tender / passionate making up after a blazing row though still pretty pissed at each other love scene with very little Tab A and Slot B action.


Yes, zombie maggots as inspiration for a sex scene.

No, there are no maggots in the sex scene.

aadams73
01-28-2010, 06:07 PM
Darn it Wayne...I was going to say...on the throne. lol :ROFL:


But...isn't that when we're all busy reading? :D

Inspiration usually slows up to slap me around the face when I can't reach for my pen: when I'm driving, when I'm running, when I'm chasing the robot bears in my dreams. But weird places? I've been known to pull out a pen and start scribbling on a napkin at a restaurant/bar, but I bet a lot of writers do that therefore it's not too weird.

Perhaps I just need to do more weird things.

thethinker42
01-28-2010, 06:21 PM
I was driving past a casino and glanced at a billboard for an upcoming concert. I was suddenly with an idea for an erotica novel involving kickboxers.

Mad Queen
01-28-2010, 08:05 PM
I've known for about two years now I wanted to write a novel set against the world of professional tennis. I knew there was a murder, but otherwise the plot alluded me.
Have you seen Match Point (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416320/)?
what are your weird and wonderful places?
Ideas come to me almost always when I'm driving, riding the bus, taking a shower or taking a walk. The latter is the best trigger for inspiration other than sitting down and writing.

DeleyanLee
01-28-2010, 08:16 PM
Probably the weirdest was just before I filed for divorce and my ex decided to seduce me. Apparently "great sex" was supposed to change my mind. Anyway, things had started to get hot when the plot tangle suddenly unraveled in my mind and I jumped up and ran to the computer to get it down before it whiffled away.

Even though he was a writer, he didn't appreciate the revelation at all. Yet another reason for the divorce.


Though I think HighDesertBrat wins at this point.

Alpha Echo
01-28-2010, 08:20 PM
My last idea wasn't entirely mine - my SO suggested a basis for my next WIP while we were in the bathtub drinking beer and smoking cigarettes.

HighDesertBrat
01-28-2010, 08:22 PM
Though I think HighDesertBrat wins at this point.

Thank you, I think. When it happened, I actually said, "Ooohh, nice."

The good doctor, who has stood between my legs every six months since my first pap smear, just looked up and replied, "Glad you liked it. I don't get that reaction very often."

Alpha Echo
01-28-2010, 08:22 PM
In the stirrups at the gynecologist.


Ooof, yeah you win. I don't think about anything while I'm there except "Get me out!!!"

rhymegirl
01-29-2010, 07:00 AM
Well usually an idea hits right when I'm in the middle of typing a po....

Ken
01-29-2010, 07:48 AM
... standing in a packed bus. Afraid of forgetting the idea, I managed to hold on to the turnstile and my attache case and scribble down the idea. Took about 20 minutes of intense absorption. When I finished and looked up passengers about me were looking at me like I was a raving lunatic. Business as usual ;-)

thethinker42
01-29-2010, 07:53 AM
Remembered another: While trying to sleep on the ice cold metal floor of a cargo jet at 30,000 feet, somewhere over the Pacific, the idea for one of my M/M romances came to me out of nowhere.

Yasaibatake
01-29-2010, 08:33 AM
In the middle of lecturing third graders on French grammar (singular/plural and masculine/feminine agreement, to be specific), I was smacked in the head with an awesome idea for an erotic romance. I didn't dare write anything down until I went home for the day, for what I hope are fairly obvious reasons, but I was a bit more distracted than normal for the next few hours.

kaitie
01-29-2010, 09:04 AM
Okay, I can't help it. Every time I see "Weirdest place for..." on the main page, my first thought has nothing to do with inspiration. :tongue

LuckyH
01-29-2010, 02:21 PM
When I put a bunch of red carnations on the her grave, she told me to write a story.

The_Ink_Goddess
01-29-2010, 10:18 PM
Not half as weird as some of them, but...

My weirdest place would have to be my GCSE Maths resit. I was trying to do a question and pretty much was hitting a block with it, so I turned a page and the idea just hit me. :)

gothicangel
01-29-2010, 11:27 PM
Have you seen Match Point (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416320/)?


Thanks for the tip. I haven't seen that one. I've read Harlen Coben's Drop Shot and Lionel Shriver's Double Fault - both made me feel quite queasy.
I won't even mention Brit flick Wimbledon [how they didn't get sued for that one . . .]

DustyBooks
01-31-2010, 04:53 AM
While swimming. Not the weirdest, certainly, but extremely inconvenient.

anotherday12
02-03-2010, 05:25 AM
My weirdest would have to be when one day I was screaming/telling off the guy who lives across the street from me, mind you he's only 23 and I'm not that much younger than he is. So, mid-bitching I stopped, looked at him and walked away to go into the house to start writing because an idea just stopped me in my tracks.

That's about the only thing I like about having a short attention span :e2woo:

M.R.J. Le Blanc
02-03-2010, 05:31 AM
In the shower. It wouldn't be so bad if the best of it would stick around until I at least finish up. They should make a waterproof board of some sort, I'd totally use it.

HighDesertBrat
02-03-2010, 06:07 PM
MRJ, they have the little slate things that scuba divers use. Maybe look into that.

M.R.J. Le Blanc
02-03-2010, 07:52 PM
MRJ, they have the little slate things that scuba divers use. Maybe look into that.

Ooo, good idea. Thank you!

Sarashay
02-04-2010, 07:44 AM
In a pizza place after attending a local zoning meeting. Somebody mentioned an incident at a pharmacy where a friend of hers worked and it got the gears going to a potential idea for a novel.

Wicked
02-04-2010, 08:07 AM
In the shower. This happens frequently, and I run, dripping, from the shower to the keyboard so I can type down a couple of lines. It often happens more than once if I am really on a roll.

While mucking the barn.

In the middle of a movie.

While on a date. Fortunately my husband has gotten used to me asking, "Can I have your napkin?". He has since given me one of those little pocket notebooks to keep in my purse.

Several times while "getting affectionate". And the story ideas rarely had anything to do with sex.

JimmyB27
02-05-2010, 04:39 PM
... standing in a packed bus. Afraid of forgetting the idea, I managed to hold on to the turnstile and my attache case and scribble down the idea. Took about 20 minutes of intense absorption. When I finished and looked up passengers about me were looking at me like I was a raving lunatic. Business as usual ;-)
I keep finding scraps of paper/old envelopes/post-its etc in my pockets where I've been in a similair situation and just *had* to write an idea down.
Nothing remarkably unusual though. :(

Midnight Star
02-14-2010, 07:22 AM
My best ideas typically come to me when I'm in the shower. I usually have the radio on, so sometimes something a DJ says or even a song gives me an idea. I also get ideas at church when I'm supposed to be listening...I think thats where a majority of my ideas have come from. I always seem to get ideas for stories when I'm supposed to be doing something else.

I'd have to say the weirdest place I ever got an idea (that I remember) was at my 4-year-old cousin's soccer game. And what's even weirder is that my idea was for the murder of a softball player that happens to be on my protagonist (who is a detective)'s little sister's team. Yeah...

Eddyz Aquila
02-14-2010, 03:10 PM
Lay down on your bed and dream about your characters. The flow of ideas that comes from that is just mind-boggling...