Top 3 Story Inspiration Stories
2. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island This story proves the benefit of occasional boredom--of entertaining ourselves out of boredom, to be more precise. During a vacation in the Scottish Highlands, Stevenson passed the time by painting a map. As he looked at it, it was suddenly swamped by a crew of imaginary pirates. “They passed to and fro, fighting and hunting treasure, on these few square inches of a flat projection,” he said. And Treasure Island was born.
3. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit Sometimes my mind wanders while I'm at work. It's comforting to know I'm not the only one. Tolkien, a professor at Oxford University, was grading exam papers when he came across a blank sheet of paper, and promptly wrote down the first thing that came to him: "in a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit." But what was a hobbit? And why did it live in a hole in the ground? Fortunately for us, these questions so captured him that he wrote his beloved story, and its companions The Lord of the Rings, to find out.
To discover what inspired several other famous stories, you can visit this Writer's Digest article.
(The Rose and the Wand, by the way, was inspired by the question, who was the enchantress who turned the prince into the beast in the Beauty and the Beast tale? And what if she were under a curse herself?)