It may feel like inspiration comes from nowhere. But I think we create it ourselves.
My father-in-law says "preparation, incubation, inspiration, implementation." To me this means research, thought, the aha moment and the jotting down.
Lately I've been doing the preparation and incubation part: I research a possibility, think about it, look it up in another place or think some other maybe-kind-of thought, come up against the wall that is my insecurity or my taste or perhaps my own good sense, then throw it all away and start over again at that nowhere place from which inspiration does not come. One is told to trust the process. Ha.
This morning I was visiting with friends and one of them said something that gave me that light bulb, that inspiration, that aha!
Now I know inspiration comes from my girlfriends.
Come by the Buena Vista library in Burbank Saturday, 10/18 from 1-4 pm. Sign up to win a free copy of "Camelot & Vine" and say hi to 50 local authors. The information is here.