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I've always found that the best inspiration comes when I'm not looking for it. In the last week, I've had three shiny new ideas. One of them resulted from my fascination with psychology, the second from Downton Abbey, and the third just came out of nowhere.
Photographs and writing prompts can be helpful if I'm looking for creative inspiration. I usually use those for short stories, but sometimes those shorts turn into potential novels. Talking to writer friends can be great for inspiration, too.
When I need creative inspiration, I turn to the rest of my life because I know that an idea is likely to hit me at any time. If I need inspiration for a WIP, I brainstorm, I think about my characters and what they would do, I look back to see if there's a thread that I can advance, or I just give it some time to simmer in the back of my mind.
To me, creative inspiration is a lot like love. You'll find it when you least expect it.