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I'm trying to think of some new writing ideas to try this summer. I've completely given up on my NaNoWriMo novel. It was written while I was still heavily influenced by Star Wars and it fails. I want to write something original and hopefully fantasy.

I heard publishers are looking for ?????? mermaid stories for the next paranormal/fantasy genre. We've done vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, witches, leprechauns, half-bloods, and mermaids are one of the few relatively untouched genres. So I was thinking about that, but it's kinda weird. I might try it though.

It might end up like Artemis Fowl though.

I also wanted to try this science fiction thing where this world is just an experiment/prototype for another world but the "new" world went terribly wrong and now it's up to the people from the "prototype" world to save it? Anyone with me? Anyone?

I also wanted to write a historical fiction about the medieval crusades, but that might take a lot of research, etc. and I really wanted to try fantasty again.

This is why so few books ever get written...sigh.

What are your writing inspirations?


  1. Mermaids are really coming back into the limelight once again. Great idea, and keep it going. Just be sure to keep it "fresh" -- not too "Little Mermaid" but not too "Twilight underwater" either.

    Great job, and I'm thrilled to have found your blog through Qui. <3

  2. I write ninety-nine percent science fiction, so my inspiration comes from just about everything. Reading books and watching movies are a great source of inspiration for me, as is music.

  3. I think your science fiction idea sounds pretty interesting.

  4. The whole mermaid thing does seem to be turning into a hot genre. It might be a fun thing to try -- although I've heard that chasing the hot genre can often be discouraging, since it's more than likely that someone else will come up with an idea similar to your own. (And, by the time one can get a novel polished to perfection, the craze is often already over.) So I'd recommend doing a mermaid idea only if it inspires you personally.

    On the other hand, I think that sci-fi idea about the test world is fascinating. I'm totally on board with that.

    What inspires me? Hmmm... history, other people's writing, pictures, poetically-written nonfiction... really, just about anything that could be used as a jumping-off point for an idea.

  5. What are my writing inspirations? Hmmm, just family life. I write a lot of things through the perspective of big, funny families; not the perfect kind, mind you. The kind where the kids still bicker, people are spilling things all the time, and they go through traumatic animal incidents. I try to write about family life that is really family life, not something perfect and shiny. Because that can be boring. :P

    I'm afraid fantasy is not really my thing. I've tried....and it came out SUPER cheesy....... *SIGHS*

    So glad to see you posting more often; sorry that I can't comment on everything. :)

    ~Jamie Joyce

  6. Your sci-fi sounds like a blast!!

    And I actually debated a mermaid myself. I just don't know if I truly want to go there or not.

    Have you ever thought about doing a partner story? I'd be interested in doing one with you, that is only if your interested! Maybe it could help keep you on track and pushing forward on writer?

  7. The whole prototype story sounds like it would be pretty cool!

  8. Thanks everybody!
    @Rachel-Haha! Thanks. :) I never read Twilight so it would probably be veering more towards "Artemis Fowl Underwater."
    @Eldra-Me too! I read a lot so I always find inspiration from books.
    @Cherise-Yeah, I don't know if mermaids inspire me personally or not. XD Do you know of any mermaid books that you like?
    @Throughtwoblueeyes-Fantasy gives you more freedom but it also makes it kind of hard. I bet if you keep trying your fantasy will turn out great!
    @Ashley-I'll think about it. Thanks! I'm honored that you'd be interested. Maybe I'll think on some ideas.
    @Alex, EFC:
    I'm going to run with that. Thank you!

    Thanks everybody so much! You have no idea how much all your comments brighten my day, especially when I'm too lazy to comment on other people's blogs. I'm remedieing that now and going around commenting. Thanks so much!
    <3 Amaranthine

  9. Gah. Darn it.

    I was thinking about doing a mermaid story for my next NaNoNovel. :P Phooey. Well, your idea seems more developed than mine anyway!!!!! And I've got another idea that I'm taking to more now...xD

    Sounds really cool Amaranthine! :) You're an awesome writer, and I'm sure it will turn out great!

    And I likey that picture at the beginning of this post. :) LOL!

    Everything and anything inspires me. Star Wars, movies, TV, my chickens, my sister, my really spazzy brain, my friends, etc. The list goes on and on. xDD

    I'm off blogger break.
    JC <33


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