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Creative Inspirations #1: Paramore’s Monster

For my first post, what inspired me to write in my new novel is Paramore’s Monster. A hit single from the Transformers: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, both the song and video have become a great creative source for me in recent months. Both with a surface and beneath the surface message, this song spoke to me because it not only had a great sound and embodied the rock sound of recent years, but because it told a story all its own. Granted, the story may not be the same to everyone, but that is the mark of a truly great song. A song that truly speaks to each individual person and finds a level that they can either relate to or picture in their mind. This song told two stories: In one, it told of a person divided. A person who had a moral compass, but was plagued with a great darkness that dwelled deep within them. One day, these two halves finally collide, and an internal struggle arises, until finally, one overpowers the other, and the world goes to the victor. In the other story, it spoke on a deeper level, speaking of our insecurities and fear of the outside world overpowering us all, and the struggle that comes with making a name for ourselves. Everyone can attest to a struggle like this at some point or another in their lives, and this is something that I like to bring to my characters. The mark of a good, richly developed character is the integration of depth, and the emotional pull that each character gives off that either has the reader hating them or loving them. This is what inspired me in recent months, and the first Creative Inspiration of 2012. 


Anthony Avina, (Born March 1990), is an author, a journalist, and a blogger. Born in Southern California, he has battled through injuries, disabilities, moves back and forth across the country, and more, yet still maintains a creative voice that he hopes to use not only to entertain but to inspire hope in even the darkest situations. He writes short stories and novels in several genres, and is also a seasoned journalist for the online magazine, On Request Magazine, as well as the popular site TheGamer. Having grown up reading the books of Dean Koontz and Stephen King, they inspired him to write new and exciting stories that delved into the minds of richly developed characters. He constantly tries to write stories that have never been told before, and to paint a picture in your mind while you are reading the book, as if you could see every scene of the book as if it were a movie you were watching. His stories will get your imaginations working, and will also show that in spite of the most despairing and horrific situations, hope is never out of reach. He am always writing, and so there will never be a shortage of new stories for your reading pleasure.

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