I listen to music a lot. All ranges of music and usually I set up playlists for various parts of my book after I create an outline. Crazy? Probably. One playlist for each chapter to help me stay focused on a certain mood. Sometimes there aren’t a lot of songs on the list which can make me impatient to finish and move to the next playlist, but that is what editing is for, too. I’ll rewrite this thing about 3 or 4 times before I’m done. I just tell myself, get the story down, and the mood will hold itself when I return to edit, its worked in the past for me. It’s like a movie playing in my head and the soundtrack to go with it. Sometimes I’ll even find a gem of a song that just fits all the way through my book. Usually it is the one song that just makes me think of the protagonist and sometimes the antagonist. In the case of my current WIP, it’s a song by Shinedown, which they wrote for Sylvester Stallone called Diamond Eyes. What a beautiful tribute to every action film ever made. It's like it speaks to me when I write the hero, like a muse, especially since my Protagonist would fit right into these guys the Expendables.
What kinds of things inspire you, as you do whatever you do, be it writing, art or exercising?