Writing Inspiration: Reading and Watching

A question for all my fellow writers out there:  have you ever been inspired to write by a book or a movie?

And if so, what was it and why?

I’m not going to lie:  most of my inspiration–when it has originated in something I’ve seen–has been from dreams I’ve had. Possibly just my Muse’s way of communicating with my stubborn brain…I have a feeling it’s hard to get a word in edgewise sometimes, as busy as I am.

Several of my stories have their origins in dreams, but I admit that movies and books have their place as well.  Lord of the Rings seems to have influenced me more than I knew (although I started writing Witches before the movies ever came out.). Reading through the manuscript now makes me laugh sometimes, at the obvious influence that never occurred to me when first writing the draft.

So what about you?

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