I've found that when I am particularly "in tune" with my work, the universe cooperates accordingly.
I've been working on a plot for my light paranormal romantic suspsense (how's that for genre blending?). I plot it out on paper, I muse over it for hours in the car, I brainstorm with my CP. I meditate, I dream, I struggle for days...weeks even.
Then one day the following happens--all in the same day. In fact, all in the same morning while I was at work:
- Two nurses in the NICU were discussing their true life experiences with twin telepathy.
(I eavesdropped as I scanned another baby.)
- A patient and her companion were discussing NASA and alien spacecraft
(I eavesdropped as I waited for my doctor to read my scan.)
- I went onto CNN and found this article: The future of brain-controlled devices
(So totally excited about this info -- using it and other ideas combined to develop an awesome plot for the wip-the second book in my Rising Phoenix series/trilogy.)
- Continuing that theme, another article popped up on CNN: Somali Pirates Hijack Fourth Vessel in a Week
(Turns out there wasn't a lot of info in the article, but it still lit off a firestorm of ideas in my head for a second book in another potential series/trilogy.)
There's no telling when the inspiration will hit, only that if you cultivate the creativity enough, it will.