I absolutely love movies, whether they're on the big screen or coming to me through Netflix while I vegetate on my couch, I can't get enough of them.
It's safe to say that I'm a movieholic!
(I'm sure there are plenty more of you out there)
The other day, I was reading through some old writing I had done while I was still in high school when I came across a vampire story (I'm pretty sure every teen goes through a vampire stage) and as I read it, I got a strong sense of
Cinema can help give you a different perspective and tips on those little details you never thought about.
Now, I'm not saying you should go and copy the plot and characters from the movies you watch...that is, in fact, plagiarism.
BIG NO NO!
I feel the need to reiterate, don't plagiarize.
Imagine how hard you work to write a story, well that person worked equally as hard for theirs. (Take it from someone who's a victim of this.) Respect each other.
Get inspiration, but don't steal their idea, if you know what I mean.
Latch on to some details and turn it into your own creation.
It could even be something as simple as "I love how this bad guy cocks his eyebrow when he's being maniacal". Then come up with an entire story with a setting where that detail could be used. Make sense?
Media is an awesome source for inspiration. Recycle, throw in details from numerous sources (including your imagination), add your own flare and you've got a great idea.
Don't be afraid to use what's around you; after all, you can only recreate yourself so many times. Eventually, you need a boost from somewhere else.