In a lot of instances something will spark a fire inside of me to start penning something new. It might be a sight a smell or an incident that gives me motivation to create a new story.
I then sit at my laptop and allow the ideas to flow, just writing what comes to mind initially later is where the plots and characters begin to take shape and a plan can then be made, to the makings of a masterpiece.
Now I must say that with both of the novels that I have written they were no easy feat because its how you start the story.
The great thing is that time and space can be shifted and if something does not fit then you can change it and its even more enlightening when something else comes out of what you wanted to get rid of.
It took me 7 years to write 40 and now I feel that writing flows a lot easier because I was able to finish my first novel. After that it is down to the public to decide.
My public have spoken and thankfully are hounding for 40 Part II I have started it.
What about you what sparks your genius?