Guest Author Post: Where Does a Story Come From?

Posted: June 8, 2015 in writing
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The editors of Electric Spec invited me to write a guest post on the inspiration behind my short story, MASS EXODUS, a speculative tale in which everyone is suddenly granted the power to fly.

The germination for MASS EXODUS was a single thought: what if we all had an ability to fly without explanation?

This strange occurrence would be met the way all news today is met: as a collective mass of reactions online. As an idea quickly propagates throughout a system like an aggressive virus, the hive mind could, conceivably, be hijacked to perpetuate a mass delusion or used to propel a jump in the evolution of our brains and psyches. As the main character tries to figure out what’s what and resist a powerful collective belief, she risks becoming humanity’s sole outcast.

Ultimately, the question that came out of this story was: if everyone believes in something, how do you know if it’s a mass delusion or a new reality? I invite you to read and decide for yourself.

Original blog post here.



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