Writers find inspiration, like lint or spare change, in a variety of places. Historical writers will have different muses I’m sure from fantasy writers, etc. As someone who loves surrealism, and who would place their writing in the damp place between the umbrellas of "magical realism" and "fantasy" I have a few very special sources for inspiration.
I’ll preface by saying that I do, of course, research any historical elements in my projects, and I do also find much of my inspiration from the world around me. TSM was found in an abandoned lot, where a single door had yet to be torn down.
I look to folklore and fairy tale, and my academic fascination with archetypes and oral lore definitely cross over into my fiction.
But there are times when neither looking around nor closing my eyes seems to get me what I need, and when that happens, I often turn to Duy Huynh.
A painter whose incredible palettes, sleepy edges, and stunning visuals capture me every single time, Duy is one of my favorite muses.
I’m lucky enough to own a very small glazed piece of his, with a dark-haired girl in a forest, held aloft by strings, on then end of which are yellow butterflies. My parents own a larger one with a train, the smoke of which forms a sleeping body.
I invite you to check out the whimsy of Duy Huynh’s work, regardless of whether this sort of thing inspires your writing or not. He’s simply an amazing artist who deserves the following.