This is my inspiration for the YA that's been swimming around in my head . . . Whenever I find myself going off in some new direction or losing the 'feel' of the story, I return to this pic and it sets me right. It conveys the tone, the beauty and the mystery so perfectly. This pic, The Priestess of Delphi, has been one of my favorites for a long time. It's by John Collier. Notice her eyes . . .
I listen to music, too, but just to get me in the mood -- I cannot write and listen to music at the same time. Weird, huh? I find myself listening to the words and focusing on the song, and not writing.