I have always been inspired by the books I have read by Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asminov how they portrayed the future in a realistic style. That is how I wanted to write my stories. I also enjoy reading mystery books by Agatha Christie and Rita Mae Brown that used talking animals.
My motivation comes from within and trying in this fictionalized style to pull the reader along in an enjoyable adventure. I have been motivated by the writing group, Writers On the Edge, to not only write better but learn how to self publish my books. Chris our leader and Melissa our computer tech along with others in the class have been most beneficial in my endeavors.
Some people from my past have accused me of having a too vivid imagination, well now I can put it to good use.
Even if you say you can't write, you have a story within you, join a writing club or get your friend to help you.
With the two books I have wrote, I have left certain back stories open for more.