The Muses were just one part of ancient Greece's crazy, colourful mythology, but they were an important one. The nine goddesses were seen as a source of knowledge and inspiration for the arts, which included everything from literature, song and theatre to history and astronomy. Writers have called on them, both during their writing process as well as within the literature itself, to guide and inspire.
I think we can all agree that having a bunch of tiny singing ladies inspiring and narrating our stories or having someone force us to write (NSFW) would be pretty great, but we find other ways to make due.
Any kind of artist or creator has to keep an open mind when crafting, and inspiration can strike at any time and come from anywhere. You can be inspired by books or movies, by music, by art, by your own experiences, by stories from friends, by conversations you've had (or didn't have!).
So here's a question: what was the strangest thing you've ever been inspired by? What did you create as a result? Also, what would you recommend to other writers who are looking for inspiration?
To answer the first question, my latest story idea came from something that happened to me. It's horrendously embarrassing, and speaks to just how gullible I was as a kid, but one of the girls I had gone to camp with convinced me she was a witch. She showed me magic tricks that were literally "if you stand in my closet in the complete darkness your feet disappear!" Wow. But I took this ridiculous incident and used it as a basis for a writing assignment in my scriptwriting class this semester. I banged out a three-page script treatment I'm pretty happy with, whoo!
As for where to get inspired, my prof went on a good little rant about this in the above-mentioned class, haha. He had some neat suggestions:
~PsychicCreate environments where you're more open to ideas - get into a state of mind where you can look at familliar things in a new way. Give yourself "walking around time" where you go out and explore new and old environments. And sometimes, inspiration just comes from writing. Sit down and write, and an idea might just come to you.