The following good questions are about “how ideas originate”. And my, with hope, helpful attempt to give a “full” but direct answer. These are perennial questions. I like them. I wonder too. I should never get tired of hearing them because they are wonder questions. How does one go from ‘nothing’ to ‘something’?
Q: So, what inspires you?
A: What does and what does not.
Example: Doodles do inspire me. Being part of rush hour does not inspire me , which is a personal epistemological squib.
Q: Where do you get ideas?
A: By thinking.
Q: What was the most recent time you were inspired?
A : Today, when I looked inside an old cigar box.
A: I scrounged a fifty-year old cigar box with a few pencils inside. I sharpened a blunted stump of a scared and pitted half-inch round red pencil. I doodled with it in a scrap paper practice pad I keep handy. Then I got excited with the doodle and now it is going to be a color drawing.
So, the most recent time I was inspired was today, when I looked inside an old cigar box. I wondered if any of those vintage pencils still worked.
At least one of them did still work.