It's apparent that by dint of using 'Writing Forums' everyone on this site is inspired to write, because they're adroit at creating stories and have an intrinsic passion for fiction. What I find interesting, is where inspiration springs from to jolt (how 'Hercule Poirot' might put it; "It is the brain, the little grey cells on which one must rely") the ideas factory in your head. One antidotal story I've read online, is about J.R.R. Tolkien. According to the article this was how 'The Hobbit' was born. 'Tolkien was grading college exam papers, and midway through the stack he came across a gloriously blank sheet. Tolkien wrote down the first thing that randomly popped into his mind; “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” He had no idea what a hobbit was, or why it lived underground, and so he set out to solve the mystery'. I'm intrigued to know, does anyone have tales of how they came across their most brilliant conceptions, for their novels? The more unique, the better please.