What motivates your stories and the direction it takes? How do you get into the zone? For me, it's through music. This drives my gym workouts but also drives my writing. It gives me the mood of the story, sometimes even driving the story in a different direction than I had originally intended. Other times music sparks ideas for stories.
I find that I am inspired by soundtracks or instrumental music more so than pop culture music. Two Steps from Hell is who I listen to most often. Their songs draw out emotion and imagination. They create that feeling inside you whether its hope, fight, flee, or anger. Their songs can be found in many commercials, video games, and movies. I first learned about them when I saw the new Star Trek trailer and their song FREEDOM FIGHTERS played in the background. No matter what the movie was like, that trailer made me want to go see the movie. The song connected me to the movie.
Here is some music I listen to. What do you listen to? Are you inspired in other ways?