I often hear the question, "What inspired you to write your story?" When asked of other authors though, I want to know more. WHY did that inspire you?
We're inspired by events, locations, people, situations - but why? What is it about that moment that sparked the story?
Almost everything I've written was inspired by a dream. A vivid dream will haunt my mind for days. I'll continue the storyline after I wake, pondering the path. It's not the visuals that stick with me, though. It's the accompanying feelings.
My five book YA series began as a dream. I saw Book I's Lori and Jason, knew she was a swimmer and he a football player. But what sparked the story were the emotions involved. I felt Lori's isolation and loneliness; felt her desire for Jason. I felt these two characters coming together. The story that poured out of me was sparked by those emotions, and as I wrote, the feelings of the secondary characters fueled four more books.
That's why I was inspired. Why did your inspiration motivate you to write your story?