Where Did That Come From? Inspiration Backhand

Recently inspiration dealt me a mean backhand. I’m not talk about a mean blow knocking me to the ground, telling me to tuck my tail between my legs and give up. I’m talking about a wake-the-hell-up-and-get-on-with-it bruise-leaving strike. A backhand you’d give a person suffering in shock that needs to snap back to reality. And it came with a song. This song to be specific:

Now the back story: There’s this story I’ve been working on for some time now. The first draft has been completed for some time and has since gone into rewrites. Those rewrites floundered, and I was left with a story I knew was a good one, but couldn’t get in touch with anymore.

Back when I was writing it I created a playlist, a soundtrack if you will, of music that fit the mood of the overall story. I’ve tried going back to that playlist, recreate the mood, reconnect. To my dismay, the music didn’t effect me the same way anymore. It used to be when I heard a certain song, I could envision the movie trailer to the story I was writing. The characters, the setting, it all came to life. Now when I listen to it, it doesn’t have the same trigger anymore. So according to my creative mind (as illogical as it is), the story was dead. Let it alone. Move on.

Then I saw the above video. That’s when I was hit. Actually, it was more like a one-two punch. Not only did it put me smack dab in the middle of that story again, it also sparked more ideas on another story I’m working on.

First of all, listen to that music. It’s not something I typically listen to, but my story now lives within the measures of that song. I’ll probably play it to death while pounding out the next draft. My chore will be completing it before the magic of the song stops its compulsion.

The second is the imagery. If I hadn’t already read some reviews on the video, I might not have watched past the first few seconds. Parents will understand my stance, but trust me. Keep watching. And did you see around 2:36? Did we just get a cameo of Slender Man? If you don’t know who I’m talking about, Google it. Wait. I’ll do it for you. You’re welcome.

I’m thinking on teaching my daughter how to summon Slender Man. Could be fun at parties.

Honestly, I’m constantly amazed how inspiration can strike all ninja-like, creeping in the shadows like Slender Man and waiting for the perfect moment to dig its nails in. So now I’m feeling charged to tackle these projects again. I can still feel the tingle from Inspiration’s backhand, and it’s not altogether unpleasant.

So how has inspiration snuck up on you? Let me know in the comments below.