I've done a few posts on inspiration, but last week on twitter Nathan Fillion asked the question, "Who inspires you?" I didn't tweet back anything, but I did stop to think about it again.
I realized that, with all of the episodes of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly that I've been watching, Joss Wheden inspires me. As do the actors that play his parts. They convey great characters that make me want to sit down and write... and that's exactly what I do! I grab my computer, create characters, and then devise problems for them to overcome.
However, those actors don't stop inspiring me with those shows. I watch Castle and Bones as often as I can (thanks Hulu!) because of the great stories that are crafted by the writers. Castle, in particular, inspires me because I can appreciate the process of putting together a mystery novel. I know Nathan Fillion isn't a bestselling author, but his character is and I like watching the character because a couple of years ago, I tried to write a mystery novel. During that time, I studied the art as often as I could. I'm surprised and pleased with how authentic Castle's process is throughout the course of each episode. Yes, I know it's formulaic, but most stories are these days...regardless of their genre. Anyway, Castle makes me want to sit down and write a mystery, almost as much as Jim Butcher makes me want to write a mystery...so that's what I'm going to do. My next WiP is going to center around a murder investigation.
So now that I've talked about inspiration, I MUST ask the question: Who inspires you?