July #InkRipples: A Dose of Musical Inspiration

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on July 4, 2016 in Creativity, Family, Ink Ripples, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

I’m an ideas person. There are so many things out in the world and in my own private world that inspire me. But instead of inundating you with a huge, random list of things that I’m currently feeling inspired by, I thought I’d drop one little ripple of inspiration in the inkwell each week in the month of July.

This a song that my whole family is loving right now called “Ophelia” by The Lumineers. The Prince makes requests for it, and I even overhead him singing it to himself in bed one night. “O-o-phelia…” The Boy claims he’s getting sick of it, but I think he still enjoys it. They both like to point out how in the video the guy dances in the street and that’s not safe!

It’s inspired a really solid story idea for a future novel. It’s a retelling of a very famous work. There will be a hurricane and mental illness and doomed love. I think. I may never write it. I get ideas all the time and whether or not I write it depends on how long it sticks around. So far this one seems to be sticking. Only time will tell, I suppose.

Anyone else digging this song? What’s been inspiring you lately?

#InkRipplesgreen#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Katie L. Carroll, Mary Waibel, and Kai Strand. We pick a topic (July is all about inspiration), drop a ripple in the inkwell (i.e. write about it on our blogs), and see where the conversation goes. Be sure to check out Kai’s and Mary’s posts this month. We’d love to have you join in the conversation on your own blogs or on your social media page. Full details and each month’s topic can be found on my #InkRipples page.

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  • Kai says:

    My current wip, The Definition of Everything, was inspired by the song Everything from A Star is Born (Barbara Streisand & Kris Kristofferson version. It’s funny how you can be inspired by an idea, but when the book is finished you’ve gone in a different direction.

    • Oh yeah, that totally happens to me too, Kai. If I do write this story, I’m sure it will end up very different than the inklings I have in my head now.

  • It’s nice to be inspired by music. But as Kai said, often the story takes another turn and isn’t what you started with at all. The mind is such a trip.

  • Mirka Breen says:

    Kids may be exhausting at times, but they are inspiring!
    My next to last MG was inspired by a song, only one of my betas inspired me to ax it… The story is there, but the song is gone. It served its purpose.

    • Yes, my kids inspire me every single day (and exhaust me, and drive me to insanity, and bring out more love in me than I thought possible!).

      The song itself won’t be in the story, but the feelings of it will.

  • Beverly says:

    It’s interesting that your boys like the song. More inspiration for you to write the story. It’s funny how ideas pop into an author’s head from a song, a child, and so many other places. I’d never heard this song before. Now I have.

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