What Other Book Gave You Inspiration To Write Your Own Book?

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  1. Helene Lawson

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    I really enjoy science-fiction books with occult themes, through my entire life I have read a lot of books and definitely did get inspired a lot by all of them, every single book that I read had an impact on me. Also my life experience, all the good and bad that has happened to me.
     
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    When I wrote my first novel last year and this, I made a conscious effort to avoid anything that smacked of plagiarism, even if it was only plagiarism of style. I suppose that it is inevitable that writers will be influenced by others, however subconsciously. My characters were a mix; some were real people, others were a mix of people that I had encountered and others were of my own imagination, though probably based loosely on real people. I must confess, though, that I used someone else's fictional character as the basis for one of mine.
     
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    I don't propose to elevate myself to the level of you who have written books. I have known several writers, some personally, who have written a number of books and also who have taught writing as university professors. I could not write as they have written nor write a book as some of you have done. But conversations with each of them stirred an itch in me for writing. The first book I read that made we want to write, "I the Jury," by Mickey Spillane, Then later "The Honey Badger," by Robert Rourk. I never tried to write book. I didn't have the education to know how to write nor the talent to otherwise try. But there' is all kinds of writing. The last few years blogging has bloomed out so that anyone, even someone like myself can write. Its personal, informal, and you can write about anything (there's also more sophisticated, dedicated blogs that are recognized nationally as models of good blogging). I call mine "My Journal. I can write about anything, express myself any way I wish or use to find out what think or feel about something. It's a simple blog, beyond the dignity of many writers, but it suits me. Through this blog I also keep some family members informed. Most often I enjoy writing it although I have slowed down from the five days a week . I schedule my blogs to come online when I want them to appear. It gives me voice when otherwise I would have none (or so it seems). I apologize as I have gotten off the subject matter.
     
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    Double Posted. So sorry.
     
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    I am just about the same as you are about writing a book, @Bill Boggs !
    I have never even considered doing something like writing a whole novel about anything. However, I have always had a great imagination, and there seems to often be stories just kind of running through my head.

    When I was in school, we had to write about subjects sometimes, or even just a story about something , to share with the class.
    When it was a topic that I was interested in, then I enjoyed writing the story. But since I was also very, very shy; I just hated having to go up in front of the class and read whatever I had written.
    I remember one time, the school principal walked in during one of my stories, which was close to being finished in any case. I quickly said "The end", and rushed back to my seat.

    Now, I have discovered that I do really enjoy writing in forums, and I even like my little family blog that I wrtie whenever I think of a story to put in there.

    After reading some of the books on Amazon, It really made me think that I could do at least as well as some of the books that I bought at the Kindle Store. They were actually just short tutorials on growing something, or the health benefits of coconut oil, or something similar to that.
    Some of the books barely can be called that and are only maybe 20 pages long, and read like they were copied from other books or articles about the subject.
    Since they only sell for a dollar or two, you usually get some good from them; but I think that one of these days I may try my hand at writing one of these little books and see if I can make a few dollars from selling it.
     
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    @Tom Locke I think that every writer "borrows" a little bit from other writers, but it's not plagiarism as long as the plot is different in my opinion.
    How many characters did you create in you're book? The writer of Game of Thrones has created 160 characters in his book, I'm amused on how he has done that. :-O
     
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    @Bill Boggs
    I would love to check out you're blog. Do you mind sharing the link with us? :D
    It's a fact that writing about our life, and our experiences is the way we can express ourselves.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith
    It's never a bad idea to try writing that ebook and selling it, you never know if you wouldn't be successful in making those dollars. $$ :D
    If you have the perfect niche in you're head then you should definitely go for it and put it on paper. :) Good luck.
     
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    I have written a blog since February, 2007. For two years or so I wrote about family incidents or history growing up in relation to cousins, aunts and uncles, Then I wrote about current events or everyday happenings I read about in the papers, then politics or religion, the forbidden subjects, Finally now, that I am older, I write about anything that strikes my fancy.
     
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    I couldn't tell you the exact number without reading the whole thing...there are a number of "bit-part" characters that appear only briefly. There are only about five characters that appear regularly and maybe another five that turn up at various stages throughout the novel. There is no hero, my chief character being decidedly an anti-hero. He is based on a former boss that I had, so there is an element of "revenge fiction" going on!
     
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    @Bill Boggs
    It's so good, that writing has no restrictions. We can write about what we want, about our opinions on different subjects and about all of our life experiences without being judged by anybody and the best thing is that we can interest others with our writing and inspire them in some way too. ;)
     
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    @Tom Locke
    That's a little spoiler about the characters in you're book. :D Very exciting! It's probably a great novel.
     
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    That's very kind of you, but I do not labour under the delusion that I have created a great work of fiction. Dostoevsky it is not. All I hope is that a few people find it amusing, because it's meant to be humorous.
     
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    @Tom Locke
    Even thought I admire fantasy, science-fiction, adventure novels, it doesn't mean that I don't read other ones. I read a lot of books, and a lot of other genres interest me. It's always great to read something humourous and have a good laugh.
     
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    My novel contains a number of characters that are, in effect, real people and several events that happen are also real (or at least based on things that really happened). So while it is a work of fiction, there is a certain amount of reality in there. This is probably true of most novels, though - a mix of fact, fiction and fantasy.
     
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    @Tom Locke
    Most of the novels that are fantasy ones, contain elements of reality too, a mix of our experiences, expressed by the characters in our novel.
    I would love to write my own novel in the future, it's one of my biggest dreams. The worst thing is that my mother tongue is Polish, and I live in
    Poland, so it would be hard for me to write a book in English.
     
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    Joseph Conrad's native language was Polish...you could be the new Joseph Conrad.
     
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    @Tom Locke
    That wouldn't be a bad idea, haha, but I would have to take several English lessons to improve my grammar and style.
     
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    I've just had an email from my publisher telling me that my novel should be out at the end of January 2016. I'm a bit disappointed it's going to take so long...missing the opportunity for people to buy that ideal Christmas present (ahem).

    I do, though, like the cover they've designed. I provided the gist of it, but the publisher has added their own little twist and I'm really pleased with it.
     
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    Whether I will ever complete a book remains to be seen, but I do have an inspiration for a book. It comes from the several series of books that were written in the early 1900s, at the time that the Boy Scouts of America began here in the United States, one of which was the Pee-Wee Harris books that led to the Pee-Wee Harris comic strip that may (or may not) still be included in Boys Life magazine. It's been a while since I've read a copy of Boys Life, so I don't know if it's still there. The same author wrote a few other series using some of the same characters that are introduced in the Pee-Wee Harris series, plus several other authors wrote books with a similar theme. I am beginning to put together a book that uses the same theme but set in a more modern setting, where many of the same skills and attributes may come to bear.
     
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    There is a woman where I work that has authored a series of children's books on a character she calls Puddin Head. Very nice- well illustrated stories. The idea is on racial tolerance and anti bullying. My aunt made a book like this several years ago, and I asked her about it, she told me it was very expensive since they paid for the illustrator and proof reading and all that. At the time it put me off to wanting to write a book, although I have always felt like I want to.

    Each time I think I know what I want to write about it changes. I have three (novels) that I have started and that have gong to the wayside. For the most part the only writing I do these days is lyrics and requested content for websites that want ghost writers. I have been a ghost writer since 1997, and will write on just about any topic that I have some knowledge of or can research and present well.

    I have been focusing more this year on my photography, originally my plan was to be a photo journalist, but somehow the whole photo part never jelled till now. I do think about writing a book and actually feel like I might be destined to do this, but don't ask me what or when. The pieces that give me inspiration are some of the classics like Animal farm or Frankenstein. I really like the deeper psychological aspects that go into that form of writing. For many years I have felt I would like to do something in the suspense or horror genre, although the one piece (novel or screen play?) has actually been based on my experiences as a property manager. The things that happen and come up are at times so bizarre or funny you can not believe it happens. I always liked the comedy style in writings like Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry, classic Americana that the average person could relate to, and can imagine a book in that tone.

    Of late I have wanted to try my hand at video production for a concept for some music we have wrote. It is exciting but slow to come thru since there is a learning curve. Painting a picture thru writing and sound is so much easier then visually, especially since I prefer the subtleness some written passages have.
     
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    Honestly the stuff that inspires my writing is very badly written vampire stories. It makes me want to take them and turn them into something good. I look at cliche's and pay attention to them as best as I can, and then I try to create something that might seem original of some sort. I actually get a good laugh at reading really badly written vampire fiction (since that is my favorite kind of fiction) and I'm not really much of a fan of the romance.
     
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    Today, I feel like a proper author because I received my first-ever royalty statement. I won't, in truth, be getting too far on the proceeds, but it caused a bit of minor excitement...
     
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    Wow, narrowing the world...I just received an email from somebody whose name was totally unfamiliar to me. It turns out that he was a volunteer with Peace Corps in Eritrea not long after I was there as a VSO volunteer. He discovered my book on the subject and managed to get in touch. He's in New York, I'm in Scotland, but we found a good connection!
     
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    When I thought to write my first book, there was no book about the topic that I could considered as inspirational to write my own.

    I wrote about what I used to see down the streets; my perception on different topics about life itself and how others use to live it, so more than rely on an inspiration reading, it was nurtured of living experiences.
     
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