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.

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

Janeal Falor
Usually I don’t. There is a YouTube clip I watch of RadioactiveLindsey Stirling and Pentatonix. Every time it sparks something inside of me that I want to turn into a story, but as of yet I haven’t come up with a concrete idea.


Julie Sondra Decker
No. Though I love finding songs that remind me of my characters’ situations after the fact! My fairy tale retelling is based on theSleeping Beauty tale, so when I say it’s about the bad fairy from Sleeping Beauty some people assume I’m writing about Maleficent, but the book is unrelated to Disney’s movie, and Sleeping Beauty fairy tales date back to the seventeenth century.

Kyra Lennon
Yes. I’ve written a bunch of short stories based on song lyrics. Probably the most poignant one came from “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy.


Medeia Sharif

Manda Pepper
I don’t know if a specific song has ever prompted me to write something, but I do use music as inspiration. The emotion in music sometimes informs the kinds of emotional situations my characters end up in. Though I’m sure when I was a teenager I wrote lots of bad poetry based on favorite songs or shows . . . In fact, I wrote a really good poem about Jurassic Park . . .


Rachel Schieffelbein
I don’t think I’ve gotten an idea from a song, but I’ve had songs inspire me as I’m writing. I have a few songs pinned to various story boards on Pinterest. Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Lady Antebellum inspired scenes in Don’t Fall for sure. 🙂

Ilima Todd
>>>Yes! I watched Tristan & Isolde and immediately wanted to write that story. Except I want it to be a space opera. And have a happier ending. 😉 I’ve totally researched and outlined this book and it’s waiting patiently for me to draft as soon as I have the time. Sigh.
Have you ever gotten a story idea from a song, a TV show or movie?

10 Responses

  1. I’ve gotten several story ideas from songs. A few I’ve written, a some others that are just sitting in my ideas page.

    The funniest place I got an idea was from watching Law and Order Criminal Intent. My idea is for a YA story and has nothing to do with crime or police, but it’s based off the characters that were featured in that show. I haven’t started that one yet, but I really want to get to it someday.

  2. So fun to see the breadth of different answers! I’ve totally been inspired by different songs before–they’re usually what originally sparks a story for me 🙂

  3. That Radioactive video is pretty awesome. Also, Lindsey Stirling is my cousin. 🙂 I just got a new book idea from a movie someone reminded me of last night. I wish I could clone myself. 🙂

  4. This got me thinking of that question, when you see a picture, do you admire the art or the artist? Cause I am often inspired by something I see or hear, yet it’s more the artist that inspires me. I think, what was she thinking to draw that? What was he feeling to sing that way? and it’s that answer that gets me motivated to create my own magic.

  5. Yes! All the time! I get the ideas, but I don’t always go thru with a whole story. I still want to write a Hotel California story.
    And I love Ilima’s idea above me. Love that movie so much!!

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