I don't need inspiration to write, but a new story idea must come from a spark of inspiration. For me, that inspiration usually comes from a picture or a song. Sometimes I can get a sense of personality from a magazine picture, and I run with it. Don't laugh, but several ideas have come from songs, many of them country. That songwriter has a limited amount of space to relay an entire message meant to move you, and each line has impact. Just a small piece of a powerful verse can conjure up a character or storyline. Try it.