If you’re a creative type, there’s a good chance you’ve been asked this question. “Where do you get your ideas from?” In fact, Google that phrase and you’ll get over 2 billion responses.
It seems that people who consider themselves non-creative (I don’t believe in that there animal) think there is a definitive source of creativity. A single font from which ideas flow like lava from a volcano.
I believe that creativity is a combination of inherent talent, trainable skill and external input. However, external input can come from many sources, and some are certainly more inspiring than others. While I actively read and research a stack of subjects, there are a few areas that simply soak into the consciousness.
Family. Food. Work. Play.
The basic emotional triggers vary from person to person and culture to culture, but their power to inspire is amazing. Read and research. broaden your horizons, and revel in the things that make you happy. That’s where ideas are born.