I draw inspiration from all around me. However, the best ideas usually come quite unexpectedly, when you don’t think about writing at all.
Have you ever woken up in a dream? Lying in bed, dreaming and realizing that what you were experiencing was just a dream? You can experience the dream as reality, but knowing it is not real. Or is it? Perhaps somewhere beyond the perception of our physical world?
Like the fictional character Kala, I have lucid dreams. Once, I had a dream about a little boy who was my guide in a strange world, where things are not what they seem to be at first glance, and you must discover their true meaning at first. I named this world Symbolion and started making up stories from a parallel world. So, the novel “Symbolion and the City without Stars”, where the borders between reality and the dream world are disappearing, was slowly taking form. How can we say for sure which one is real? Maybe both, maybe neither.
Occasionally I contribute articles to a website designed to support people diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). My partner also suffers from OCD, which we deal together. However, at a time when we lacked energy, I invented a city where people live like us, but they have energetic bodies. They can regain energy, but they can also lose it and dissolve for good. Sometimes I feel like my characters take on a life of their own and I let them. They can do almost anything, they just must never give up. Because I made them up, I won’t let them do that. That’s one of the privileges of being a creator.