If you draw inspiration from a picture, music, place, and other things like that, do you have to cite it or reference it? Such as (this is a random one): if you want to see what hair styles a fictional character should have, you look up hairstyles and then use one of them. I mean if you draw inspiration from sources to create a character such as from pictures or hairstyles. I know this is dumb, but I get really paranoid about this XD.

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    Can you please edit your question to clarify: 1) In what context does this happen? An academic publication, a high-school essay, …? 2) What kind of inspiration are we talking about here? Is it just that art you consume inevitably inspires you or is it more direct? – Wrzlprmft May 21 at 11:04
  • Agree with the above comment. In what context do you ever have to do something? Citations are used for academic research, factual histories (biographies, for example), and scientific presentations that build on previous work by other scientists… In creative writing there are no requirements to reveal anything about your process or influnces. – wetcircuit May 21 at 12:03
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    What do you mean by cite and reference? Are you talking about applying a note to running text that says something like, "I saw a beautiful sunset.[1]" and then having an endnote with something like "[1] Central Park, Manhattan, New York. 7:00 p.m, May 20, 2020"? – Jason Bassford May 21 at 14:36

It depends. Mostly, no.

Let's say that you see a black dhole for the first time (in real life, not the video game Far Cry). You could get inspiration from that and write about a black dhole. Do you have to cite it? No.

Or how about you see a super-cool industrial-looking building. If you just base an idea off of it, but change up things, you don't have to cite it.

What if you get inspiration for a research paper (or something like it), and you got inspired because of a person. It would be perfectly fine to say that you got inspiration from them, but you don't have to.

Did you get info from somewhere, that inspired you? If you bring it up, cite it.

It just depends on the situation. You can cite it, but it's not necessary in most situations and may even seem out of place in other situations.

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    thank you so much! – bittersweet May 22 at 16:25
  • @bittersweet Your welcome – Acid Kritana May 22 at 16:26

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