I draw inspiration from most anything throughout my day, but found my most effective springs to be both solitude in mind and situational luck. I tend to delve deeply into my own thoughts, fully immersing myself in the world which I am creating on the page and can thus transcribe what I see, feel, taste, hear, and smell for the scene. It's a combination of a real life experience but another time, place, or environment. My situational luck tends to be more profound, kind of like an epiphany. For instance: I was taking the garbage out on a cold New Year's Eve morning and noticed that the way the early sunlight reflected my icy surroundings sharply contrasted the fast-moving, low, sporadic cloud cover which I likened to a situation of smoke and fire which features prominently in the prologue of one of my books. It was a real Aha! moment.
At times I've even combined the two to conjure really evocative scenes that speak volumes to me as I'm writing them. It distracts me at the same time, like I'm sitting right in the middle of it, describing what I am seeing. It can be fun and a little scary at times. But I love to do it. It's my outlet as a picture on a canvas for a painter, or bust for the sculptor; the difference being that I am telling you how to paint or sculpt what I am seeing. That's why I love reading, and by extension, writing.