It is a basic premise that to create a novel, one needs something to write. To have something to write, one needs inspiration. To have inspiration one needs...
Yeah, that part gets me too. I'm in the process of writing my next novel and some days I sit in front of the computer and my fingers fly, the ideas are unstoppable, and I can hardly keep up with my own brilliance. And then there's the other 363 days of the year.
I often struggle to find inspiration for my writing. Generally I just stare at the blinking cursor until something comes to me or it's time to go to bed. This approach may not be particularly helpful for you, or frankly for me, so here are some other ways to find inspiration:
Listen to music.
Get inspired by beauty.
Find a picture of your hero.
Get some exercise.
Take a break.
I recently saw an interview with Japanese inventor, Yoshiro Nakamatsu, who reports he gets his best ideas while underwater. He says the lack of oxygen to the brain improves his creativity and he develops his best ideas in the few seconds before a person would pass out. The closest I ever want to come to that plan is plotting my book while taking a shower. Creativity good, drowning not so much.
So where do you find inspiration?