Posts Tagged With: H. P. Lovecraft

How to Create Your First Booktrack (and Get 2,000 New Readers)

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When I first heard about Booktrack.com from my literary agent, Kristin Nelson, I was fairly skeptical of the idea. Ebooks with music and sound effects, really?

But then I tried the Booktrack of the short story Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft. I’ll be honest—I was blown away. Hearing the waves lap against the side of the castaway’s lifeboat, hearing his footsteps trudging through the sand, listening to the ominous music building to a crescendo as he explored the ancient ruins …

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Where does Neil Gaiman get his ideas?

Where do you get your ideas?

Need inspiration? Think small. The monster in my next book was inspired by an electron microscope.

Every writer gets asked about ideas. Where do they come from? How do you find them? What inspires you?

Uber-cool author Neil Gaiman suggests that you should ask yourself questions and start filling in the blanks:

– What if ___ ?
– If only ___ .
– I wonder what/why ___ .
– Wouldn’t it be interesting if ___ .

A classroom full of seven-year-olds once asked him, “Where do you get your ideas?”

Here’s what he told them:

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.”

Finding ideas in weird places …

I often find ideas in images. Last night, I realized that my new novel needs a super-creepy H. P. Lovecraft-ish creature. You know, something with flailing tentacles and far too many eyeballs.

But where could I find something like that, and still be fresh and original?

Try an electron microscope. I’ve found that its images often have a creepy, otherworldly look to them. So I browsed through an archive of super-magnified pictures of bugs (not something I recommend doing just before bedtime).

Eventually, I hit paydirt. An image of a wolf spider’s foot. Unlikely, maybe — but freaky!

So where do you get your ideas?

(Source: http://www.neilgaiman.com)

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