The Inspiration has hit.
We’ve all read those marvellous stories that keep us tightly gripped to the story right until the end, but how does the author come up with these wonderful ideas? What makes them think of these situations and how did they discover these creative thoughts. The following is of some famous authors, with their works and how they came up with the ideas and where they were when inspiration hit them.
J.R.R. Tolkien was grading college exam papers, and when he came across a blank sheet, he wrote down the first thing that randomly popped into his mind: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” He had no idea what a hobbit was or why it lived underground, and so he set out to solve the mystery. Thus began the creation of The Hobbit.
Leo Tolstoy was said to have had a vision of an elbow and the image expanded into a melancholy woman in a ball gown, one night after dinner. The woman was so intriguing and mysterious to him that he wrote her story. Thus began the creation of Anna Karenina.
In June of 2003, Stephenie Meyer woke up from an intense dream in which two young lovers were lying together in a meadow, discussing why their love could never work. And one of them, the boy, was a vampire. Thus began the creation of Twilight.
In the case of Misery a novel by Stephen King, King describes falling asleep on an airplane and having a dream about a fan kidnapping her favourite author and holding him hostage. When he awoke, King was so anxious to capture the story of his dream that he sat at the airport and frantically wrote the first 40-50 pages of the novel.
In 1816, Mary Shelley was just eighteen years old when she spent the summer with her lover (and future husband) Percy Shelley, at Lord Byron’s estate in Switzerland. One night, as they sat around the fire, the conversation turned to the subject of reanimating human bodies using electrical currents. Shelley went to bed that night with images of corpses coming back to life, and thus grew the creation of Frankenstein’s monster.
Suzanne Collins had said this on her idea for the Hunger Games series “One night, I was lying in bed and I was very tired, and I was just sort of channel surfing on television. And, I was going through, flipping through images of reality television where there were these young people competing for a million dollars or a bachelor or whatever. And then I was flipping and I was seeing footage from the Iraq War. And these two things began to sort of fuse together in a very unsettling way, and that is when I, really, I think was the moment where I really got the idea for Katniss’s story.”
J.K. Rowling had said that the creation for Harry Potter came to her one day when she was travelling on her own on a crowded train, and the idea of a boy who was a wizard simply fell into her head.