Frequently asked question: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

insecure2bwriters2bsupport2bgroup2bbadgeToday’s question comes from the Insecure Writers Support Group.

As is so often the case, we have to define our terms. Do we confine ourselves solely to visuals, like paintings or photos (that seems to be implied by the question), or do we consider works of literature, theatre, etc? Because, for me, the answer depends on the terms.

I was inspired to write In The Eye of The Beholder by a novel and a musical. I was inspired to write His Beloved Infidel by a memoir. I was inspired to write The Rock Star in the Mirror (Or, How David Bowie Ruined My Life) by a musician and his work. A single photo or painting, though? Not so much.

How about you? What inspires your work?

6 thoughts on “Frequently asked question: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?

  1. I didn’t think about “work of art” being applied more widely. I’m sure many of us have been inspired by a specific book. I have written to photo prompts before, mainly in contests, but not for a while. Should take it up again!

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