Inspiration: The Odd Thing
I've written a couple of blog posts (here and here) recently about how setting inspires my writing. However, inspiration can come from many places. Sometimes I'm inspired by seeing something odd. For example, I have an avocado tree in my backyard. I also have a lot of squirrels, and they love to take the avocados and hide them, sometimes in places only a squirrel would think were clever. I have a vase of artificial flowers on my front porch, and one day I saw this:
I started to imagine a character who wanted to tell the squirrel that this was a bad hiding place. Soon I had a flash fiction about that person. The story was recently accepted for publication; I'll post when it comes out so you can see what noticing an odd thing turned into.
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Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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