Writers’ memories are what Lois McMaster Bujold calls a compost heap. I think of them as a treasure chest. The inspirations for the stories we craft come from this collection of sensory and emotional and mental memories.

The larger and more varied these memes the richer our writing will be. This is the reason why Stephen King’s advice for becoming a better writer is READ MUCH / WRITE MUCH.

Just what memes are valuable and what are valueless no one can tell. The same meme might be one or the other depending on the story we need to tell.

Much of my inspiration comes from comic books Here are the very indirect sources of inspiration for several of my books. (Click the images to read a sample of the books.)

        Wonder Woman                Captain Marvel                  Supergirl

                                     Batman                                                Aquaman


About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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  1. Waldemar Müller says:

    have you seen the new Roberto Rodrigez/James Cameron film “Alita: Battle Angel” ? I could only recommend it, because it fits very good with your writing.
    Here is even a review by another sci-fi writer:


  2. Laer Carroll says:

    Yes. And it’s everything I love about SF and movies. Thanks for the link. Doug described exactly my reaction to the movie.


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