Joyce T. Strand
What inspires me the most is a desire to tell the story. So what's most helpful is to envision the plot. However, I've been known to review my e-mail, check and re-check Facebook, and do research ad infinitum. Sometimes I just have to make myself do it. If I sit down to write, and know what I want the next ten pages to say, I love it. However, if I'm vague and haven't quite figured out where the characters are going, it's frustrating.