Inspire comes from the Latin word inspirare, "to breathe into." Genesis 2:7 has the line "And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul." (Douay-Rheims translation)
When we get an idea, whether it’s a piece of writing or art or even a project at work, it’s as though you get a breath of fresh air. Maybe you meet read something in a book or magazine, hear something on the radio, see a picture, talk to someone you know (or better, someone you don’t know), hear someone say something in an interview, or wake up from a dream with a crazy idea. All of a sudden you have to explore the thought, or at least make some notes and come back to it later.
The way you get inspiration is to pay attention. Not everything will become an obsession with you, and you might not encounter anything for several days or weeks that stirs your creative juices. But keep paying attention. Keep on keeping on with your normal daily routine, but pay attention for things that might lead to bigger things. Have a pen and paper handy, or any of the thousands of apps you can get for your phone that allow you to take notes. Inspiration isn’t going to hit you like a bolt from the blue: it’s going to play hide-and-seek with you, sneak up on you when you aren’t watching. So be ready.
What inspires you?