I have many writer friends who flounder for inspiration regularly. One was even cross with my five day per week writing schedule. She wanted to know where I found this magic fountain of inspiration and share the damn thing. She Wasn’t happy with my answer but hopefully some of you will be.
I am always on the lookout for anything unique, anything missed in the hectic rat race, just anything really. As an example I went out and walked to physical therapy instead of driving. It wasn’t far, and in less than half a mile I found my next short story. You are welcome to use the picture I took for your own inspiration.
You are even welcome to use the photo in your story if you like, just keep it creative commons friendly. The tracks reminded me of old times, They reminded me of my grandfather who adored trains and shared that love with me regularly. They also reminded me of all the disused track around my town. Then on the way back I saw several for sale signs on homes that had been redistricted from one of the best local schools to one of the worst. By the time I got home I had an entire story idea based off of a soon to be ghost town. Giving the town a voice in the comings and goings of the people.
My friend was not happy. She told me it wasn’t fair that a set of train tracks and a for sale sign did all of that. I don’t know, I feel writing is such a personal thing maybe there is no such thing as a fountain of inspiration. Every persons brain works a little different. That is what makes all of the wonderful writers I follow on here and Google+ such a treat. I have wanted to type “I never would have thought of that” a dozen times a day after reading some of their stories.
So in the end, do what makes you happy, write what you feel, that is why there are so many of us out here. Writing is personal. Even when it has nothing to do with you.