Inspired By… What, Exactly?

Every artist, actor, writer, and musician talks about it, but what is this mysterious thing called ‘inspiration’? “If you are a religious believer of any denomination you know, or at least you have words for, where your inspiration comes from, however mysterious it may seem… But for the more secular-minded there is not much language to talk about inspiration without beginning to sound a bit mystical, reliant on some powerful source or force that can’t quite be named but can’t quite be ignored.”