“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writing is different for everyone. People draw inspiration from different things: music, art, nature, people. For some select few writing is possession, like a muse is sitting on your shoulder, but for most it isn’t. To find inspiration is a personal thing, and a difficult one, but there are many places to look for inspiration. The world is full of it.
Where does inspiration come from? What is inspiring? What does inspiration even mean?
Inspiration: the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Personally, I find a lot of inspiration from music. If I am writing a fiction piece, I find songs that remind me of my characters, or of their situation, and I make a playlist of these songs to listen to while I am writing. It is like a soundtrack to my writing, and it helps me to better describe the feeling in the piece. I also find ideas in songs. If I hear a song, I have an image in my head of a person or of an event happening and draw from that. Even if I don’t use these ideas for anything, they keep me engaged with the aspect of story.
I have a lot of stories show up in daydreams and while I am sleeping. I always have my laptop next to my bed, or a notebook in my bag, so I can keep track of this inspiration. In these instances, it is like a muse is sitting on my shoulder, but the difficulty comes later when I am trying to make sense of these ideas. The ideas are there but making sense of them is a different story.
Here is a helpful list of things to help with Inspiration: http://writetodone.com/31-ways-to-find-inspiration-for-your-writing/
Here is some Advice from the prose (get it, prose?): http://grammar.about.com/od/advicefromthepros/a/Where-Do-Writers-Find-Their-Ideas.htm