Gail M. Baugniet
First thing each morning I have a couple cups of coffee and read the newspaper (I get a subscription on my Kindle and it changes from time to time.) Something in the paper, an article-a high-profile event-an opinion, gives me an idea and I run with it. That works especially well for writing blog posts.
Sometimes I become so eager to start work on my current WIP that I don't finish reading the newspaper. Once an idea or inspiration strikes, the adage kicks in (strike while the iron is hot).