People ask all the time where my ideas come from, as if the act of writing a few books has made me an expert on thought processing. I'm not. I'm just like everyone else. Thoughts float into my consciousness, and sometimes they float right out again. But... sometimes they take root and grow.
"It's what you do with ideas that really matters."
The idea for Emrysia floated into my head while I was sketching my vision of the elusive, perfect female for my picky, single brother. I tend to lose myself while I'm drawing, and the world of Emrysia blossomed almost outside of my awareness as the natural home for this fair creature, who was light and healing personified. I called her a fairy at first, but soon knew she was so much more than that - a luminarie.
I could have have left it at that, but a space had been opened. Fleshing out my thoughts, I invented a name for her, and a personality. Next came a genealogy, language, friends and adventures. One fantasy creature became three (and then some!) and they became characters who needed their own stories.
There is still space for more, ideas just waiting for a breath of life. There are worlds yet to invent.
What is inspiring you today?