I feel very lucky/blessed, because I find inspiration everywhere and anywhere: outside, inside, on the road, in the store, in the movies, in the library, in a parking lot, at gatherings, in an elevator, at a funeral or wedding, in a forest, during a meal, watching a parade, and so on. I have no control over the thoughts that pop into my mind at any given moment. They flow from me without effort; they even wake me up.
Sometimes I write them down; sometimes not, for which I pinch myself later. Man-oh-man, have I let some superb thoughts and ideas slip into the sinkhole of oblivion, hoping against hope that, if they are meant “to be,” they will re-emerge. Sometimes they do; sometimes they don’t, and the pain of their demise may not be so fleeting, especially if I mentally kick myself repeatedly. Oh, what screenplays I may have missed! Luckily, I have myriad distractions to avoid too deep a bruising. 🙂
As a writer, you should be prepared for inspiration wherever you go. Don’t count on your brain to remember fleeting thoughts. Carry a notebook or ipad, use a napkin, iphone app, or the back of a receipt, but surely you know that, don’t you? A writer writes wherever, whenever, however he/she can. No matter what!
These inspirations can result in a story, poem, or manuscript. They could become just part of a character or plot, or they could inspire you to delve into some research for an article, essay, or subplot. Inspiration is the easy part. Working a project into fruition takes a lot of time and effort.