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Who/What/Where/How is the most interesting thing that prompted a plot bunny for you?

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66worrywart

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#1 | Posted: 3 Aug 2012 13:38 
Today it was looking at a friends' wedding photo. It wasn't necessarily the fact it was a wedding photo, but the ambiance of the entire pic.
A little of this, a little of that, a lot of confusion. That's my life!
jamies_lady

Registered Female

#2 | Posted: 3 Aug 2012 16:19 
I went to see my fav group, Hammerfall, and caught the pic the guitarist threw from the stage... it nearly landed in my cleveage, well you'd have to wouldn't you :)
elvara hrolfswiffe
TycheSong

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#3 | Posted: 3 Aug 2012 17:28 
lol! Love it. I think the most interesting thing that ever prompted me to write was a wrist cuff band that a guy sitting next to me on a plane had. It got me thinking...that's an odd piece of jewelery... I wonder why he's wearing it...he doesn't look like the jewelery type...I wonder where it's from... maybe he's like Indiana Jones. Or maybe it's been passed down...or maybe it's his portal to his other planet... it spawned a long train of daydreaming thoughts that eventually became a written original piece. :-D
Not quite thirty. Likes to jump off high things. Kind of a swot. Mass reading. Light baking.
jamies_lady

Registered Female

#4 | Posted: 4 Aug 2012 11:30 
I've posted the story .. second time around
elvara hrolfswiffe
AnneM

Registered Female

#5 | Posted: 4 Aug 2012 19:23 
For me, one time I was in my car out in the parking lot at my mall on my lunch break at work and it was a nice day, so my window were rolled down. It was a windy day, and the flag up on the flag pole was rippling back and forth, hard, and the metal grommet was hitting against the pole, and all I could hear was the ding... ding... ding... of the metal against metal of the grommet hitting the pole. I was a bit obsessed with how windy it was and with the sound of the pinging metal against metal, and then I turned my head (french fry in hand) and I saw a young man sitting on a bench by Sears with his head hung down, hands clasped between his legs, and I suddenly thought he looked sad. I wondered if he heard the same 'pinging' noise from the grommet hitting the pole, and what he thought of it. I swear, from that one little scene, a whole story, 'A Feeling Unknown' was born, and I even incorporated that scene verbatim into the story.
Life is hard enough with friends and impossible with enemies
Draceline

Registered Female

#6 | Posted: 4 Aug 2012 19:25 | Edited by: Draceline 
jamies_lady
I think I remember you mentioning that little occurence, JL.

I believe the thing that usually prompts plot bunnies for me is little random factoids or information that I learn that makes connections with the series (often from wikipedia rabbit-trailing). This does, however, tend to lead to some very convoluted plots and/or crossovers. I got both Abnormal and The Magic Shop from this method.

Music and artwork does it for me too. I'm a very sensual person, I suppose, in the truest sense of the word. I love incorporating descriptive scenes of life. Crowds, how people act in public, the sounds present, scenery.

Which reminds me, I need to post my POTC poem here…
jamies_lady

Registered Female

#7 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 07:18 
Through the Eyes of a Child started out when my father was hugging my youngest child. He was in the services for 25 years and still has a 6 pack (at 70+), and looks a little like Lucius Malfoy.. long white hair, power in his gaze etc.. and just the look of devotion on his face made me wonder.. what if Lucius met his grandchild early....
elvara hrolfswiffe
LadyStiff

Registered Female

#8 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 10:36 
jamies_lady
Aww, that amazing! Very cool. My parents also have six packs, I'm starting to get a complex. hehe

I get my idea's from movies or books. If a certain sentence pops out at me, my mind pretty much takes over. Nothing so dramatic and exciting, I'm afraid.
Has anyone else noticed that the symbol & looks like a man dragging his butt across the floor?
66worrywart

Registered Female

#9 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 10:48 
LadyStiff
Buwhahahaha. My father had a six pack....in his beer gut. I've been enjoying reading everyone's responses!
A little of this, a little of that, a lot of confusion. That's my life!
66worrywart

Registered Female

#10 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 10:52 
How could I forget my amazing hubby and son, Mr. Worrywart and Worrywart, Jr. as inspirations? Mostly poor WW, Jr. though. He has been the inspiration for several of my Simon stories (I am cleaning those up and will post them soon). If he knew that I posted his young impish days on Fan fiction, he would die 1,000 deaths!
A little of this, a little of that, a lot of confusion. That's my life!
TycheSong

Registered Female

#11 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 16:27 
66worrywart
Some young boys deserve 1,000 deaths. :-) The Lucky Ones was born of a couple songs, and Severus, Redux because I adore time travel stories and wanted to write an unconventional one. Scandalous is written for a personal challenge I wrote for myself, lol!
Not quite thirty. Likes to jump off high things. Kind of a swot. Mass reading. Light baking.
66worrywart

Registered Female

#12 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 16:42 
TycheSong
Regret or Rue? was based on a Pink Floyd song and I've another song based on the same PF album in the works. I've written another story based on a Pink song that's sitting on my hard drive waiting to peek out. Severus, Redux is great and indeed, unique!
A little of this, a little of that, a lot of confusion. That's my life!
TycheSong

Registered Female

#13 | Posted: 5 Aug 2012 23:05 
Aw...thanks. :-) Best compliment a fan-fic writer can get. :-)
Not quite thirty. Likes to jump off high things. Kind of a swot. Mass reading. Light baking.
GeekyMum

Registered Female

#14 | Posted: 7 Aug 2012 06:36 
Few days after reading Deathly Hallows and still fuming because of its awful epilogue, I was listening to my favourite spanish singer (Ricardo Arjona) and Lo Poco Que Queda de Mi (What little is left of me - literal translation of title), a song about a man so in love with this woman that all that is bad, broken in him is gone and whatever is left of him is even better because of her. Few minutes later It isYou (I Have Loved) came on and out of nowhere Draco Malfoy came to mind and soon after I wondered what if?

I have never ever written anything in my life, let alone in english and yet, there I was, yellow lined paper on my lap and the first sentence of my fic (Dramione) staring at me. Wrote the first ten chapters in a week and shameless that I am, posted it in ffnet. I thought, 'okay, I made a fool of myself, I got it out of my system, lets delete this piece of garbage' but lo and behold I received reviews! My pride and the very nice comments made me pause and I decided to go on, this time with a beta (that's another really nice story) and the rest as you say is history. 45 chapters later and counting, Ricardo Arjona's songs continue to inspire me as well as the two wonderful ladies helping me with the editing of my fic.
Elena
66worrywart

Registered Female

#15 | Posted: 7 Aug 2012 13:38 
GeekyMum
Fabulous! I am so glad you posted this! I think it's neat to know what prompted your very first story and that you are having success with it.

My very first story happened as I walked down memory lane on my son's 21st birthday. I was remembering the very first time my husband held him...the wonder in my husband's eyes as he looked at this tiny little version of us was and is an amazing memory for me.

Thanks for sharing!
WW
A little of this, a little of that, a lot of confusion. That's my life!
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