What Inspires Your Writing?

I promised myself to get back on the writing bandwagon this year, and part of that includes coming up with Thursday Writing Prompts for this blog. I sometimes include photographs, small poems, lists of five items (or so), and other ideas that I hope will inspire you to come up with your own story.

The first edition of the Writer’s Catalyst series, Beach Scenes, is in the last stages of production (I’m working on the blurb for the back cover and adjusting the cover art). I don’t have a firm release date yet, although I’m aiming to have it available before the end of the month.

What inspires your writing? Do you find that a photograph or illustration gives you ideas for a story setting? Does a list of items give you an idea for a plot? Or is it something else? Or any/all of these, depending on your mood?