The Big Reveal

Welcome to The Big Reveal.

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.


Have you ever gotten a story idea from a song, a TV show or movie?


Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
There was an old episode of the X Files that planted a seed in my brain. Oddly enough, I misremembered the episode and when I went back and watched again after having written the book (which resides under my bed) I was like, “Huh, yeah that’s nothing like I remembered it.” Which really, is a good thing.


Melodie Wright, Agented author
Not a story idea. I’ve envisioned scenes of stories from listening to music but that’s all.


Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I haven’t gotten a story idea this way, but I am very inspired by music as I write. When I begin a new book, the first thing I do is build a new playlist of music that fits the tone of the book. I love discovering new music, so it’s a fun process for me. Then I listen to that playlist over and over while writing. I once got a scene idea for a story I was writing when listening to the song Feel Like Makin Love by Boston – I’ll let you interpret that one… 🙂


Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
I’m inspired by pretty random things actually. Never a movie or TV show, but I can say without the awesomeness of Harry Potter Scene It, HOW TO DATE A NERD would’ve never been born.


Jade Hart, Un-agented author
No, I’ve never been struck by inspiration by a song or show. My ideas tend to come in the most random places. Normally when I’m perched on a tall ladder painting a ceiling or taking out the rubbish! 🙂 lol


Janet Taylor, Un-agented author
Not for a novel, specifically, but I’m always picking up interesting phrases or words that I can fit in somewhere.


Krista Van Dolzer, Un-agented author
Not that I can remember. Most of my story ideas come out of nowhere.


Stacy Stokes, Un-agented author
Hmm, no, I don’t think I have.  But I’ve had a few dreams that have lead to new story ideas (current story included).


Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
TV and movies, no. I’ve gotten several ideas from songs. I wrote two manuscripts based on the songs Because of You by Kelly Clarkson and Everything You Want by Vertical Horizon.
I have two other (undeveloped) ideas based on Closing Time by Semisonic and I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! At the Disco.
These all are adult contemporary fiction and since I’m concentrating on YA currently, they are unedited and shelved for the time-being. If you look up the lyrics, you can get a good idea of what the stories are about.


Joelene B. Perry, Published author
I got the idea for Night Sky while sitting in the Taco Bell drive-through. Mike (husband) and I were talking eighties movies, and I hated that Duckie didn’t get the girl in Pretty in Pink, and wondered what it would be like to write HIS story from the moment he lost the best friend he’s in love with to someone else. The story is about a guy named Jameson, and the story starts with him leaving the dance after watching the girl he loves (she doesn’t know he loves her), kiss another guy.


Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
Not consciously, but possibly. For me it can be hard to trace exactly where ideas come from, kind of like trying to pick out a thread in a complex tapestry and figure out exactly where it started.


So what about anybody else out there.
Have you ever gotten a story idea from a song, TV show or movie?

11 Responses

  1. I love both those songs Suzi! I think there’s inspiration everywhere, esp. in things as artistic as music, tv, and movies. It’s all around us! so whether it’s conscious or not, I think we are all inspired by it. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your post with me! All my story ideas have come from different places – ie. one came from a History Channel show about the universe, another from a desire to have abusive parents be punished for the trauma they cause to their children. The lesser ideas (like for scenes, or settings) seem to originate from my own experiences and movies I’ve watched. I’m excited to see what shows up in my next novel, but that has to wait until I’m done editing the first one!

  3. Great post – I love to see how people come up with their ideas! My first novel was a story I created in my head because morning sickness made it impossible to read 🙂 My second, and current WIP, came to me while watching the movie Machete. I liked the idea of a really scary-looking guy actually being a hero. I just take ’em when they come 🙂

    1. Wow-I’ve never heard of morning sickness making it hard for a woman to read. That’s gotta be a pregnant writer’s nightmare! I’ll have to look up Machete, I don’t recognize that one.

  4. Oh. My. Gosh.

    How have I NOT been following you??

    You’re an engineer!?!?! So am I!

    And, Kelly Clarkson is like, my girl. And I’m pretty sure I’ve worn out my Vertical Horizon CD. Crazy.

    I don’t watch nearly enough movies or TV. But I get so much inspiration from music. It makes me feel, just like reading does. The inspiration for the novel I’m currently querying was the whole Evanescene soundtrack. SO Epic.

    Great post. And great idea to compile so many opinions.

    1. Wow, cool. It’s fun to see another fellow engineer, although I’m not doing too much engineering. I don’t think i’d ever have time to write between work, kids and life. I don’t know how some moms do it. I used to think I was busy before the kids came… how wrong I was. I wish I’d done more writing then, but I didn’t really start until a few years ago.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I’ve never gotten an idea for a story from a song or movie. Mine have all come from my kids who are characters enough in their own rite! I like to think of it as fresh content daily. Now, if I could just sit down and crank out the stories as quickly and my kids come up with their antics, that would be something!
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

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