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How many films have you seen that were influences or inspired by video games, or vise-versa? How about book adaptations from television shows or movies? Ever heard of a song written and performed just for the sake of a specific scene in a motion picture? I’ll answer this for you: yes, you have. We all have to the point where, at times, it can be cliché. There is inspiration for everything everywhere for anything, if the right person is there.

And it takes a unique person, no doubt about it. All it takes is for a single person to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, or get an emotional response from something, and BAM!, the inspiration is there. But I would like to focus on a special type of inspiration that is not mentioned much. Let me begin by example; an honest to Zeus truth example:

My uncle was a die-hard Beach Boys fan for as long as I ever knew him. Even at his funeral, the Beach Boys was being played. Because of him, I know every song. He was also a dedicated fan of the season Halloween and was widely known for his special effects for various amusement haunted facilities. Years later, I came across a short story by Stephen King in the book SKELETON CREW called Beachworld. It’s a sci-fi thriller about a two man crew who crashes on a planet inhabited only by sand, and something in the sand. Yet, a character in the story is constantly reminded of several Beach Boys lyrics as they go insane. For me, this was a match made in heaven personally between my favorite uncle and my favorite author.

It was here I got to thinking about inspiration: if movies can be made based off video games and book adaptations can be written from television shows, why can’t stories be written based off songs? Maybe, I don’t know, but using the basis from Stephen King’s Beachworld, songs are truly an inspiration for many things. Here are a few more examples:

“Convoy” by CW McCall, 1975; film created in 1978

“Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees, 1977; film created in 1983

“The Wall” by Pink Floyd, 1979; film created in 1982

Nine Inch Nails album “Year Zero”, 2007; television show created in 2010

“White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, 1967, based off Alice In Neverland

“Among The Living” by Anthrax, 1987, based off of a Stephen King’s The Stand

The question is, what song would you use to influence you into writing the songs sequel, a television series, a manuscript for a film, your own short story, or the next world wide pop cultural best seller?

Til Next Time…

I began this blog, originally titled MY JOURNEY ON HOW I BECAME PUBLISHED IN PRINT, just over a year ago, without a clue on what I was doing as a blogger. (Truth be told, I still don’t quite get it. That is unless a blog is a journal that is for the world to see, then I sort of get the concept. But even then, 19 posts in only 15 months? Yup, Exactly! Why? Honestly, I don’t have that much to say!) Anyway, I stayed dedicated and wrote this quote in my 1st blog posting:

“…Well, today is August 15th, 2011. I’m giving myself 1 year to get just one of my books in print in my hands. I’m re-editing all my work. Re-thinking all my ideas. Starting from scratch without drastically re-writing anything I’ve written so far…”

It’s been over a year, and no, I have not been published in print where I can hold it in my hands. It wasn’t until recently I’ve realized being in print where I can hold it in my hands wasn’t exactly what I really wanted. I wanted and still want, as every author does, is it just TO BE read!

So, I winged the idea of blogging, just to get my feet wet, so to speak. Then I realized the title didn’t work, because…well…writing isn’t a daily exciting drama filled experience that has a new adventure to share on a daily basis! It’s more like, “Okay, today I wrote 10 pages.” The next day, “I wrote 2 pages and checked my Facebook.” And the next day, “I wrote 4 pages and watched my 3 shows on the DVR.” The following day, “I didn’t write anything because of a headache.” Four days pass, and still nothing gets written until the fifth day and you’d blog, “Today I felt guilty and busted out 20 pages to make up for lost time. But 15 of those pages I’m probably going to pitch because I don’t think they’ll work. Damn whiskey…..”

Truth be told, this is usually the way it goes for writers who have kids, bills, a spouse, pets, and/or a full time-pain in the ass-work til you puke-next to nothing paying-overtime inconveniencing-dead end-9 to 5-job to support your life! (This being MY case.) So I went back through the blog postings I’ve written and realized that I write a blog post when I have something to say; whether it be advice on writing, help for other authors, jokes/comical concepts, and/or simple updates that I have to announce.

Therefore, MY JOURNEY ON HOW I BECAME PUBLISHED IN PRINT has been changed to WHEN THE INSPIRATION HITS because as a writer, this is how I function: I write when the time is right and when I’m hit by inspiration! For some goofy reason, I have a big hunch that I’m not alone in this concept!

Til Next Time,

Keep WRITING!

A story is nothing without Lead Characters, whether they are people, animals, locations, or even things inanimate objects, just as toys or houses. Characters are the heart, soul, and driving force of making a reader want to know more; thus creating a powerful story. Lead Characters are sensually the focal point that interacts and changes the behaviors and actions of the supporting characters. But how many Lead Characters does your story need as the front line? Lets view a few examples:

Groups of 2: Highlander (Film) CONNER MACLEOD & LOBOS AMIREZ, Supernatural (TV) SAM & DEAM, Back To The Future (Film) MARTY MCFLY & DOC EMMETT BROWN, Gone With The Wind (Book) RHETT BUTLER & SCARLETT O’HARA, Harold & Kumar (Film) HAROLD & KUMAR, Men In Black (Film) K & J, Rush Hour (Film) DET. JAMES CARTER & CHIEF INSPECTOR LEI, Double Dragon (Video Game) BILLY & JIMMY

Groups of 3: Star Trek (multiple) KIRK & SPOCK & MCCOY, Harry Potter (multiple) HARRY & RON & HERMIONE,  Ice Age (Film) MANN & DEAGO & SID, The Matrix (Film) NEO & MORPHEUS & TRINITY, Twilight (Film) JACOB & EDWARD & BELLA, Futurama (multiple) PHILIP J FRY & LELA & BENDER

Groups of 4: Final Fantasy (Video Game) IVAN & KANE & MAGE & DOON, Ghostbusters (Film) VANKMAN & SPENGLER & STANTZ & ZEDMORE, Stand By Me (Film) CHRIS & TEDDY & VERN & GORDIE, The Dark Tower (Book series) ROLAND & EDDIE & DETA & JAKE, South Park (multiple) STAN & KYLE & ERIC & KENNY, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV) BUFFY & XANDER & WILLOW & GILES

Groups of 5 or more: Scooby-Doo (TV) SCOOBY & SHAGGY & FRED & VELMA & DAPHANE, Star Wars (multiple) LUKE & LEIA & HAN & R2D2 & CP3O & CHEWIE, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (multiple) JASON & KIMBERLY & ZACK & TRINI & BILLY, Voltron (TV) HUNK & ALLURA & SVEN & LANCE & KEITH & PIDGE, American Pie (Film) FINCH & OZ & JIM & KEVIN & STIFLER

The more Lead Characters a story has, the more obstacles the Leads have to complete their objective to the conclusion to the story. No matter the relationship (family, friends, love interests, comrades, etc.) between the Leads, a story only excels with a conflict, a threat, or a difference of opinion not only amongst the good vs. evil but amongst the Leads. Examples of these are as follows:

Group of 2: Marriage conflict, sibling rivalry, a team, opposites attract, brains & muscle, or but not limited to difference in age.

Group of 3: Size, Intelligence of different fields, a trio of heroes, a love triangle, or but not limited to difference in sex.

Group of 4: a team of heroes with their own individual strength, two pairs of opposites, sibling rivalry as individuals but unite as a unit, a trio of good with the odd man out, or but not limited to four complete individuals with a common purpose.

Group of 5: Typically with a large group of 5 Lead Characters, it is usually a group of individuals who are linked by friendship who all share a common goal and with with each other to solve differences and obstacles. This group tends to have conflicts in their inner circle but as a team effort, they set all differences aside to conquer the goal. With a large group of 5 or more, rarely with more than 5 leads, tends to have more than three adversaries to not only provide the threat and challenge to the Lead Characters but to dissolve their bond to break apart their connection. This tends for series to continue, sagas to unfold, and large casts of unique characters to mix and merge with the entire story, each one having their own chess move in the story.

What does your story need to open the imagination in you: the writer, or the reader? 2 Leads? 5 Leads? How long do you plan to tell your story? 1 book? Several? How strong are your Leads?

If your story is, metaphorically speaking, a human body: Does the body stand-upright with just the bone structure and muscles? Or do you take each body limb into consideration to support the body? (Arms, Legs, Bones, Muscles, Organs, Blood, etc.) Does a plant grow on water and sunlight alone? Or do you think a plant need more to grow, prosper, and open up? (Water, a pottery, nutrients, Sunlight, extra carbon monoxide, etc.)

The decision is up to you, and you alone. Explore your stories potential and options! See your characters and visualize the conflicts and hoops that lye ahead for them. How many Leads does it take to solve a conflict?

Til next time,

Keep on writing!

Blog #16: RESTRICTED AREA 2

Posted: August 12, 2012 in Book Project, Writing

Yes, it’s happening again and 1 week into the project, I have 6 Twitter followers who have already entered a plot for me to write a flash fiction story for them! And for the world to read for FREE!

Wait, what? What am I talking about?! You don’t know? What the hell is RESTRICTED AREA 2? Well, let me explain, fellow reader!

RESTRICTED AREA is my book collection of flash fiction short stories. Flash fiction stories (aka super short stories) are original stories that have a word count of 2000 words or less. Micro flash fiction are stories that are 500 words or less. Each flash fiction story plot comes from one of my real Twitter followers and I write the story for them, posting up the story for FREE for the world to read & enjoy on http://www.worthyofpublishing.com. (FREE, that is, until the finished book is released on http://www.amazon.com.)

This is an edited blog posting about my first RESTRICTED AREA project on 12-1-2012:

I wanted to do a project for a long time coming that was a true challenge to my writing ability. But challenging yourself is a lot like disciplining yourself: there is too much grey area to fail. I did a contest of http://www.writersdigest.com and participated in a restricted word count short story contest about a very vague plot that was provided for you. I had 300 words to write about a woman who found something of great importance in her glove box. I Had A Ball With This Contest! It was the challenge I was looking for. I didn’t place in the top 10, but I truly didn’t mind: I had my new concept to be challenged.

I sent invites to every single one of my Twitter followers and my Facebook followers. The invite had the title of the book: RESTRICTED AREA and a link (which is provided below) to the sight where the guidelines are. I wanted fresh new original concepts from everyday people and a word count of their own; and I would have to write a short story based off their short story plot and using only their word count. Their plot & @Twittername, would be in the book, too, to where readers can find them and Follow them, too. For me to write a story from their plot not only helps me better my writing but I have the change to make their creative idea a fully created story come to life.

The concept of RESTRICTED AREA has one basic theme: restriction. The “restriction” folds in many different ways. The person sending me the plot can only use 1 Tweet, restricting them to 140 characters to tell their plot. I am restricted as a writer to only use their restricted word count. Each plot I have to write, regardless of what the plot is, has to have a sense of a restriction; via a place, or an addiction, or a hesitation, or a feeling, or a moral. Everyone and everything in or about this novel is all based on some kind of restriction. Hence: RESTRICTED AREA.

This is the http://www.amazon.com link to RESTRICTED AREA: http://www.amazon.com/Restricted-Area-ebook/dp/B008MFFO7Y/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1344792139&sr=8-4&keywords=restricted+area (The finished product contains a ton of extras including all 10 flash fiction stories, the http://www.writersdigest.com story, a short story that I had written that I mused as an online contest for ALL online readers to enter a title for the story, all http://www.worthyofpublishing.com traffic, each Twitter follower, all their plots-comments-postings, and a very generous blog post from fellow Twitter friend and The Walking Dead fanatic: Alexis Jenny @lexisjen via Twitter.)

There is no deadline to submit a plot but I do have just a few “restrictions” (LOL) when submitting. 1) One submittion per Twitter follower. If you have more than one account, then you can submit again using your other account 2) The plot must be in 1 DM (Direct Message) Tweet only. 3) The word count limit must be between 200 and 1000 words, in 50 intrivals. (200, 250, 300…900, 950, 1000) Send me your plot via Direct Message on Twitter: @Jason_D_Bryant

If you would like to have a flash fiction story written for you or have any other question, feel free at any time via Twitter! I’d love to hear from you!

Til next time…

Blog #1: Yup, I’m Lost

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Writing

Okay. I’ll be honest here: I have no idea what I’m doing here! I don’t know how Blogs work or what I’m supposed to say. So, I’m winging it and guessing this whole thing. Tutorials bore and confuse me too easily so I’m not bothering with them.

Here’s the thing: I’ve written a few short stories, enough to make a novel. I enjoying writing short stories that share the same theme, and making a novel of that specific collection of those short stories written. (For example: if I write 10 scary short stories about dogs and place them into to a novel, that novel is not going to have a short story about how to be a rodeo clown at a gay circus!)

I have submitted my stories to several magazines and publishers over the last 10 years. No success.

I have joined Facebook to talk about my stories. I have joined Twitter to talk about my stories. I have advertised my email to talk about my books. I have put my stories on Amazon for sale to be on Kindle, with next to no success. I have now joined WordPress to talk about my stories. What do I feel like Ray Charles fishing at night with just a string and no rod?

Well, today is August 15th, 2011. I’m giving myself 1 year to get just one of my books in print in my hands. I’m re-editing all my work. Re-thinking all my ideas. Starting from scratch without drastically re-writing anything I’ve written so far.

This is my journey, starting from rock bottom. If you’re in the same boat, grab an ore!

Our 1 year journey has begun!

Til’ next time…