Ah, The Year of Living Bradbury. Ray (Bradbury) has always inspired me. As a kid, it was cool to see someone with the same name as me, back then it was quite an unusual name. I read a lot of his stuff growing up and when I started publishing my own short stories through Smashwords, I wanted to challenge myself a little. Well, a lot, really.
So I watched this interview with him where he talked about the challenge to write one story a week, every week for a year. He said, yeah, you'd probably write some garbage along the way, but you'd also write some decent, saleable material too. So I took him up on that challenge in 2014. I'd written 52 stories in about 6 months, but the whole point wasn't to JUST write 52 then stop. It was to do it every week, which I managed.
I learnt a lot about what kind of person, and writer I am. I found I was better with deadlines than I realised, and that I was more creative too.
As for what gets me going? It's got to be something which either demands to be written right now or a story which picks me up and pulls me along for the ride where I look up 2 hours later and say "What the fuck just happened there?"
I try to make my days have some writing element, if it's not creating a new story then I want to be looking for new markets, proofing and improving older stories or following up on stuff already out to submission. Mentally, I'm not equipped to write every day. I'd go crackers if I tried, so I do other stuff to be proactive about my writing. It's a life now.