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Inspiration

Usually one of the most important topics in the life of a creative is the question according to his sources of inspiration and which artworks influenced him the most.

On this page I’d like to share some of the things that inspire me in the daily journey of writing and game design.

My main source of inspiration are emotions, conversations and observations of the things around me. A good walk is usually a huge source of inspiration for me and most stories I wrote started to develop somewhere away from my desk. If I brought a camera, I tend to make pictures of places that inspire me and later while writing I may turn them into mystical places. Taking pictures has the advantage that I can visit the places many times during my writing process without the need to go there.

Here are some examples of pictures, which serve as source of inspiration to me.

Meditating over pictures like these help me to focus on the world I’d like to create and also provoke emotions, which I see as an essential part of the writing process.

Besides pictures, conversations and walks there are also other mediums, like books, music, games and movies which inspire me.

According books the following can count as to have/had the biggest influence on me as a writer: The Bible, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Odyssey by Homer. Also tons of source books from all kinds of tabletop role-playing games such as Dungeon & Dragons or Shadowrun serve as a source of inspiration.

My top 5 movies are The Lord of the Rings, Braveheart, Avatar, The Matrix and Shrek, because they all feature wonderful stories in kind of unique worlds. Also the fact that there are well-crafted and give a lot of room to let ones mind wander to tell new stories is a fact, why these movies are my favorite ones, when looking for inspiration.

As a game developer I see it as one of the must-haves to play games and usually I try to have at least 3 to 4 short gaming sessions each week, which should help me to relax, but also help to see what the current state-of-the-art is. The following games are my all-time favorites so far and I really enjoyed their stories and game play mechanics: Warcraft series, Dragon Age, Mass Effect series, Starcraft series, Civilization series.

Last, but not least I’ve to admit that music also plays a huge role, if it comes to inspiration. Usually I pick music, which fits to the stuff I want to write, thus makes it nearly impossible for me to name a top 5 of the songs that most inspired me. In general I like trance and medieval music and pick songs from these genres.

I hope you got a better inside in what inspires me and what tools help me with the daily battle of writing and designing…

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