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On this post I’d like to talk a little bit about the source of my inspiration.
I’m a huge fan of comic books, specially european comic books such as this one.
This comic book has been one of my favorite ones since I was twelve (I shouldn’t have read it when I was so young, because it has a lot of mature content, but, oh well,what’s done is done, right?)
I was re-reading it recently when I found myself thinking:
“Dude, I kind of ship Marco and Arminio!” (The two protagonists of this story.)
And now, you have to understand the situation I was in when I was reading this cominc book:
I wanted to write a book for some time now. I actually started one, but the things is, I didn’t actually plan anything, I just started to write and see how it went… I got up to 50,000 words when the plot just got out of control and I couldn’t keep up with it.
I was really depressed for a few months, and I don’t mean “depressed” I mean DEPRESSED, depressed as in… not eating, not getting out of the bed, not showering, not wanting to talk to anyone, I was heartbroken and I swear to god I haven’t felt so crappy in my life. I even played with the idea of just giving up on writing altogehter, and then I realized all the things I had done wrong. (thank you @jennamoreci for your videos xdddddd)
I didn’t make an outline, didn’t map the world, didn’t do character sheets…. It was doomed to fail from the start.
So, I put the story I wrote to rest and started again.
And then more drama, because I HAD to find the story I wanted to write….And I just COULDN’T find it, and then, depression came again like the good friend she is, and crapped all over me once again. YEY!
Let’s go back to the comic book:
So, I was re-reading this comic book and then I began to obsess over the ship (like I always do when something catches my eye) and I was playing with the idea of maybe doing a fanfiction or something but to be honest, there isn’t much of a fandom and besides, I didn’t want to write a fanfiction, I wanted to write a book… so I discarded the idea and went on with my life.
Still, this comic book played a huge part in the story because:
1) my two main characters are male
2) They’re fighters
3) They have a relationship with eachother (In the case of my story it’s romantic, in the case of the comic book it’s platonical, they’re like brothers to one another)
For months I kept searching and reading and studying things to see if I could maybe find that something, that made me go: “YES! THIS IS IT! FINALLY!” but it never came….
It wasn’t until I begun this book:
That I suddenly had that eureka moment.
I was on the train on my way to work when suddenly it came to me! I swear it was like magic! I read one sentence of this book, one sentence that doesn’t even have to do anything with what I wanted to write and then suddenly. PAM! I FINALLY KNOW WHAT I WANT TO WRITE!
You can imagine how happy I was at that moment. I even screamed a little. (needless to say, the people around me thought I was crazy)
I let the idea rest for a few days, trying to see if it was something that would die down… but it didn’t and a wave of ideas took over my brain, I wrote them all down and started to plot everything and setting the foundations in which I was going to build this story in.
It was awesome.
Right now everything is bare bones but I finally have a story I want to tell.
I’m happy for the first time in what feels like years. I’m not trying to kid myself into thinking this is going to be easy. I know it’s not. But at least now I know I’m not alone…
Thank you for reading up to this point.
Love you tons.