Most of us at one point in time or another have experienced that moment. The metaphorical light bulb illuminates and you know how to solve your problem. As a writer there are plot twists that can tangle, characters that don’t cooperate, and a million other little things that crop up when crafting a story. I wrote one character into a forest where she had to win a test through wit and it took over six months before I had that moment. “Aha! I know how to get her out!” Usually, my moments of illumination don’t take quite that long to occur, thankfully.
Where did my idea come from? I decided to write another scene, and in the back of my head tried to sink into my character’s mind. While many characters have bits of me or other people I know, they are unique individuals and I’ve learned that the better you know your characters, the more easily the story flows.
Sometimes it’s random comments from a friend, a tidbit I read somewhere, something I overhear; inspiration is all around if you open yourself up to it. So whether you write, compose music, or simply are looking for direction in life; open your eyes to the possibilities all around you. Perhaps one will illuminate your quandary.