For most writers, they either are or have been something else before they realised that they were writers. This can aid writers a great deal because there is a career’s worth of data, people, situations and so on that are there in the writers toolbox ready for use.
There is a familiar saying that writers should “write about what they know” so why not start with the situation you had last week on that job where Mrs so and so gave you that impossible thing to do and Dave stood in the bucket of cement. There you have many ingredients for a great start for your writing, people, comedy, farce, workmen and their bosses/colleagues, the client and so on. A great use of skills transference. Throw in an emotionally damaged neighbour, a few kids on their way back from school and the street dog running off with the drawings and you are away. What more do you need to get the creative juices going.
I realise that not all of us have been labourers on a building site, but i’m sure we have been in shops, petrol stations, bars and a host of other things in or daily lives that can be used to bring zing to your writing. An office or work place, it is all there waiting for the writer to piece together and launch off into their latest master piece.
So, the next time you are thinking of inspiration, cast your mind back to something from your past, your work and so on. Who knows, that funny book about a painter and decorator could be just the tip of your own unique creative iceberg. Go on, try and use what you know and put it to good use in your writing.