My Inspiration List

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

My Inspiration List

In this short post, I’ll include a list of the things that inspire me (and you might find them in my books). The categories are setting, characters, plot & tropes, and objects & miscellaneous. This list post idea came from Young Adult author Marissa Meyer’s Instagram post.

Settings

  • Masjid
  • Forests/Rainforests/Jungles
  • Oceans/Rivers/Seas
  • Mountains
  • Deserts
  • Beaches
  • Marshes/Swamps/Bogs
  • Palaces/Castles/Mansions
  • Gardens
  • Waterfalls
  • Caves
  • Bazaars
  • Bookstores
  • Fog/Misty/Rainy Places
  • Snow/snowy places
  • Libraries
  • Taverns/Inns
  • Herb/Plant Shops
  • Dojos
  • Treehouses
  • Floating Islands
  • Townsquares
  • Skyscrapers
  • Cottages/Farms
  • Dungeons/Prisons
  • Space/Hyperspace
  • Spaceships
  • Stars/Galaxies
  • Exoplanets
  • Moon/Satellites/Asteroids

Characters

  • Passive
  • Cheerful
  • Orphans
  • Large Families
  • Twins/Triplets/Etc.
  • Sisters/Brothers
  • Best Friends
  • Authors/Storytellers
  • Imams/Scholars
  • Mothers/Mother figures
  • Fathers/Father figures
  • Aunts/Uncles
  • Grandparents
  • Royalty
  • Eccentric elders
  • Pirates
  • Vigilantes
  • Cartographers
  • Astronomers
  • Alchemists
  • Glasses
  • Heterochromia
  • Synesthesia
  • Cyborgs
  • Wise children
  • Prodigies/Highly-Skilled
  • Assassins/Mercenaries
  • Bounty Hunters
  • Warriors/Knights
  • Artists/Crafters/Creatives

Plots/Tropes

  • Adventures/Quests
  • Swordfighting
  • Archery
  • Horseback riding
  • Fairytales/Myths
  • Curses
  • Rags to riches
  • Heists
  • Secret royalty
  • Slow-burn relationships
  • Sisterhood/Female Friendships
  • Found families
  • Makeovers
  • Secret Identities
  • Stories within stories
  • Witty banter
  • Grumpy x Sunshine
  • Princess x Guard
  • Prince x Commoner girl
  • Protector x protected
  • Enemies to friends/lovers
  • Arranged marriages
  • Improvised escapes/plans
  • Unique abilities/powers
  • Morally gray characters
  • Soul mates
  • Masquerades
  • Sentient non-humans
  • Treating/Healing injury
  • Death is inevitable

Objects/Miscellaneous

  • Books/Journals/Diaries
  • Astronomy
  • Astrolabes/Compasses
  • Crescent moon
  • Maps/Globes
  • Bioluminescence
  • Dragons
  • Unicorns/Horses
  • Mermaids
  • Fairies/Jinn
  • Cats
  • Butterflies/Dragonflies
  • Flowers
  • Dolphins/Whales
  • Animal companions
  • Arabic Calligraphy
  • Ahadith/Sunnah
  • Dhikr/Dua/Qur’an verses
  • Hijab/Khimar/Niqab
  • Abaya/Jilbab
  • Armor
  • Swords/Daggers
  • Jewelry/Treasures
  • Crystals/Gemstones
  • Large, antique keys
  • Fancy dresses
  • Crowns/Tiaras
  • Hourglasses/Timepieces
  • Lamps/Lanterns/Candles
  • Halal food/cuisines
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