Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tapping into the Hippocrene

In Greek mythology, the Hippocrene was the fountain on Mt. Parnassus, the hangout of Apollo and the Muses. According to myth, Pegasus stomped his hooves on the mountain and a spring came forth, eventually becoming the Hippocrene, a fountain from which those who need inspiration can drink.

Claude Lorrain, Apollo and the Muses on Mount Helicon—1680.
If you're careful, you can see Pegasus on the upper right, having just struck the earth with his hooves.

Being a writer of mythic fantasy, I would like to think I've taken a few swigs from this fountain over the decades. My inspiration comes from many places:
  • Comic books, namely Wonder Woman, but others as well.
  • Television, mostly comic book-themed shows, but also those that show earthbound heroes.
  • Movies, see television.
  • Novels, fantasy and science fiction mostly, but mainstream novels that show humans acting for the better of others. Edith Hamilton's Mythology has inspired much!
  • People watching, especially at places like Barnes & Noble or Starbucks. It's not as creepy as it sounds. I don't leer. Don't judge me. ;)
  • Authors I know, specifically those who write in my genre, but not always. I look at people whose writing style I love. That motivates me.
Leave me a comment on what inspires YOU. I'd love to know!

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