Hey, everyone! How are you doing this weekend?
Unfortunately, I’m not feeling well today, so I’m sitting in bed. I figured this would be a good time to write a blog post about 2017. But before we get into that, I do have a few updates for everyone!
- Clash of Tides is still going through beta, but I already have notes for the second draft. I’m excited to work on the second draft of the story.
- I’m still posting the first draft of COT online for all those who want to read the ending. Remember, you can find updates here: Find Me.
- I haven’t forgotten about 9/Nine Realms, but I decided to rewrite the story, so it’s going through some editing.
- I do freelance writing now, so if you ever need a project done, let me know.
Now, back to the blog post! As the year slowly comes to an end, more and more bloggers are posting about their thoughts from 2017. Today, I want to discuss what stories inspired me this year for my own work.
And of course, I want to hear what inspired you, too.
Here is my list of the most inspirational stories from 2017:
I’m going to break down the list by following: movie, TV show, video game, and soundtrack.
Movie from 2017:
The Shape of Water
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There are so many words I can write about this movie, but I’ll try to keep it simple and spoiler-free. When I think of The Shape of Water, I think of two words: beautiful and unique. It was beautiful because the love between the human and merman (or more like a humanoid mercreature) felt genuine. The depth of the main characters sadness and desire to help another lonely creature broke my heart. Unlike most movies I’ve watched, this presented unique storytelling I haven’t seen before. Of course, no story is perfect. The Shape of Water has its flaws, but they can easily be overlooked by the great acting and storyline. As someone who is finalizing their merman romance fantasy story, this was an inspiring movie to see. Also, it gave me ideas on how to plot the second book in my series.
TV Show from 2017:
The Ancient Magus’ Bride
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Honestly, I just binged watch this show and manga this weekend. The world captured me so much that I just had to keep investing in the story. While some of the characters are cliché, I felt the world-building was excellent. The Ancient Magus’ Bride reminds me of a Hayao Miyazaki film full of magic and wonder. It’s almost like around every corner new magical beings are waiting to be discovered.
Video Game from 2017:
LOZ: Breath of the Wild
I already did a full blog post on this game, so I won’t discuss it again, but gah, this game was so good! Between the vast world, fantastic soundtrack and an incredible cast of characters, I couldn’t help but be inspired by this creation. Even though Link doesn’t talk in the game, his feelings were portrayed clearly by his actions. I can honestly say this story inspired me to improve 9/Nine Realms, which is why I haven’t blogged about that story in a while.
Music from 2017:
Nier Music Concert
I never played the game to this series, but I found this musical gem will browsing YouTube. As most writers know, some writers listen to music while they write. For me, I’m one of those writers. A good soundtrack helps me see a scene vividly in my mind. When I listed to the Nier Music Concert, I came up with like five new scenes in a matter of minutes.
If you’re interested, have a listen. It definitely has elements of that fantasy feeling.
Well, there you have it, my list from 2017! I’m actually proud of myself. All of these things are in fact, from 2017. Overall, I feel like 2017 was a creativity year.