My husband should be a writer. Seriously. His imagination blows mine away. I use him shamelessly, whenever I'm stuck. I'll talk to him about my story, about what my characters are doing and what I want them to do. I'll talk to him during dinner, and while we're getting ready for bed, or out driving and without fail whenever we're done talking I've solved whatever problem I had with the plot. Every. Single. Time.
An example. Recently I realised (with the help of a critiquer) that my name for the organisation Fal Greyhawk belongs to is likely to remind people of A Game of Thrones. It was called, The Eyrie. Yes, the one in the George RR Martin books is a place, whereas mine is an organisation, but nevertheless, it will draw comparisons. So I needed a new one. I'd originally come up with the Eyrie because the former king's symbol had been a golden eagle, so the organisation that formed in his memory, was aptly named. I told my husband all this and he agreed that it was a little similar, given Game of Thrones popularity. He suggested going through the names of other animal nests to try to find something suitably regal. He suggested Sett, for badgers, but I didn't think the badger was regal enough. So he suggested a lion, but den didn't have the right ring for an organisation sworn to overthrow the empire. So he suggested looking at collective nouns. Eventually, I settled for Weyr - a collective noun for a group of dragons and changed the former kings heraldry to a rampant dragon. So while his suggestions weren't right for what I wanted, he nudged me in the direction I needed to go to discover the one that fit best - even better than Eyrie, I think.
Without him, I would probably eventually find the idea I'm looking for, but not without a whole lot of wandering around in the wrong direction. He hasn't read a word of it yet, because he wants to wait for an edited draft before he does. At that point I'll be making him my chief beta-reader because I know if there's anything that doesn't make sense, he'll point it out. It will be interesting to see his reaction after all he's done in helping it form.
It's not that I couldn't write without him - I did for a long time before I met him - but rather that he helps bring out the best in my writing. I have found my muse.
Who inspires your writing?