Everyone's muse has different 'triggers.' And because I love shiny objects my muse also has a wide range of creative toys – and I mean 'toys.'
I've known writers who light a candle when they sit down to write. The fragrance instantly sparks the inner voices and their fingers fly across the keyboard. I'm too visual for this to work for my muse. The same with music, currently, Katy Perry's Wide Awake is the 'theme' song for my WIP but listening to it doesn't start the voice to whispering and the muse to dancing.
Some of the 'toys' that have acted as inspiration:
|He's the keeper of the forest secrets...|
Journals ~ I use them to keep story notes. Yes even before my 'pre-planning' days, I'd write story notes as I went. I'd divide it into three sections.
(a) Character Notes – eye color, favorite food, etc.
(b) Future Scenes – If a scene I was writing triggered a future one, I'd write it here
(c) Research Notes
For it to act as inspiration, the journal had to be something that represented the story. Like this guy…. I'm using him for my adult retelling of Goldie and The Three Bears