I’m sorry, but I’m trying to fit today’s Road Trip Wednesday with today’s A-to-Z Blogging Challenge letter, and that’s the best I could do. The question this week from YA Highway is: What images inspire/ represent your WIP or favorite book? So, by “jiggle the juices” I mean “inspire one’s creativity”–not… well, whatever you might have been thinking! Like I said, it’s the best I could come up with. I’m sure other A-to-Z/RTW participants came up with much more creative titles. Anyway, to answer the question…
I don’t typically look for pictures to help inspire my writing–nothing against those that do, it’s just not typically my approach. Although, I confess I would like to try it sometime. I dabbled in writing from a picture in the Picture Paints 1000 Words challenge a few weeks back, and that was quite good fun. In any case, all that to say that I didn’t have a ready answer for this. But after much consideration, I have chosen this picture:
Yes, that’s right: ABBA! My WIP is about an alien teenager who accidentally transports herself to Victorian London. One of the things we learn about her is that she’s a huge ABBA fan. That might seem odd for an alien, but people on her planet are in awe of Earth people, Earth technology, and Earth music and fashions. To many teenage girls on that planet, ABBA represent the height of coolness–partly because they come from a country with a cold climate, just like our heroine’s home planet, and English is not their first language, again like our heroine. The fact that she’s a fan of ABBA also serves to remind us that she is a regular teenager. She might be from another planet, but her cares are for things like clothes, shoes, boys, and music–like many other teenagers the universe over. And her ordinary-teenageriness is important to the story. Before anyone says anything, I know ABBA split up long ago, so they are hardly representative of current Earth music. Another thing we learn about my alien’s home planet is that its inhabitants are not exactly keeping up with Earth technology and trends.
So, there’s a picture that represents and to some extent inspires my WIP. How would you answer this question? If you want to participate in this week’s Road Trip, you can reply on your blog and link to your article on the YA Highway blog.