My 7 year old announced that he wants to be a writer and enter writing competitions, just like his Mama. Which made my heart sing, although it’s not anywhere near as funny as his previous ambition, as expressed when he was aged 3: “I want to be a hairdresser and make everybody as beautiful as me!” (meaning him, not me! – that’s when I wondered whether all the compliments about his golden locks may have been slightly overdone).
I googled and found a writing comp for junior authors, and he became very excited when I told him first prize was $100. He forgot about writing the story and spent lots of time thinking about all the wonderful things that the loot could get him.
So I told him “First- catch your rabbit.” Not being familiar with Mrs Beeton’s cookery book, I explained the analogy. He went away and thought about it, and started to write.
Then he showed me what he’d written. It was a story about hunters trying to kill their quarry in the school yard: a rabbit.
You get your inspiration in whatever form it comes.