How a discussion about dentures inspired my next story

Maybe I’m obsessed. Maybe I’m just your typical example of an author. Not having discussed this with anyone else, I don’t really know. I look forward to you other authors out there pitching in freely…

Disclaimer: the next paragraph is quite explicit! Just so you faint hearted aren’t shocked…

I was discussing the story I finished with a friend  of mine who also happens to be a brilliant physician. She works in elder care and loves her patients and her work often going well above and beyond the call of duty. She also has a dirty mind and she’s a big fan of mine. After paying me a compliment I asked her if she was sucking up to me again, which prompted a discussion about the afore mentioned verb minus the adverb. Erm, sorry about that, but it’s important I explain this. Needless to say, given that she’s two years older than me I made a joke about her age and wondered inconspicuously if she removed her dentures when giving head, prompting the conversation to definitely go downhill from there. Yet inspiration struck!

Nice teeth! (photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandervds/ This picture reminds me so badly about my beloved grandmother who used used to store her dentures in a glass overnight. I had fun with them more than once while visiting my grandparents, and believe it or not, part of the inspiration for my new story comes from these memories...

Nice teeth! (photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/sandervds/ This picture reminds me so badly about my beloved grandmother who used used to store her dentures in a glass overnight. I had fun with them more than once while visiting my grandparents, and believe it or not, part of the inspiration for my new story comes from these memories…

However, the dentures stuck with me through the night and wiggled their way into my subconscious. Almost immediately after the conversation I thought I might write a story about an elderly couple, and while showering and shaving this morning the story started to take shape in my mind, other topics got added to it and I think I have a pretty good story to write. Let’s see how far I get today. The idea to write short stories is immensely challenging, it’s both easier and more difficult at the same time. Easier as in not having to write so much, difficult in having to focus more on the story while giving the characters enough edge to make sure they remain credible and human. In a novel you have so much more time to develop a character. As part of my research for yesterday’s story I asked a friend questions about Atlanta (where parts of the story plays out) and she asked me a gazillion questions about the character to which I had no answer. They weren’t relevant to the story and were thus never revealed to me by the characters. And I’m not about to make up something just to get an answer. I couldn’t do that to my characters. It would be dishonest…

Which, by the way, is another interesting lesson from this new form of writing. But in essence, this week’s lesson

I used to have so much fun swapping grandma's and grandpa's dentures at night as they lay in their glasses, being silently cleaned by Polident… Oh the memories. :) Pure Inspiration! Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Jasonbook99

I used to have so much fun swapping grandma’s and grandpa’s dentures at night as they lay in their glasses, being silently cleaned by Polident… Oh the memories. 🙂 Pure Inspiration! Photo: Wikimedia Commons / Jasonbook99

for me was really to see just how amazing even the smallest hint, the most innocent (or not) joke or comment can get my mind reeling and spinning and come up with the craziest and most fun ideas for new story.

To tell you that I went from denture blow jobs to dementia and India to write the story would probably leave you wondering about my sanity, particularly as the process also involves my mother and islam and straight couples, but let’s leave that for now.

If I don’t understand my mind, how would you expect me to explain this to an innocent bystander? I couldn’t. Just trust me that all is well in the land of Tumbleweed and that my brain is working as it should (or as well as can be expected…)

My question to you authors reading this though is: what inspires you? Who is your muse? And my question to readers is: do you care to know? Or is this just another example of TMI? Let’s hear it…

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Hans M Hirschi

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