I'm thinking of character traits you never noticed before about those around you, or something in nature that sparked some sort of creative surge in your thinking or perhaps it's a smell, a sound, a touch... Think about the five senses.
Comparing and being jealous of other writer's success doesn’t do anyone any good. Sometimes, someone gets a publishing contract and you don’t because maybe they are a hot button topic issue. Or your book just didn’t hit the market they want at that time. It’s a crazy business, unpredictable, and if you get lost in the comparison game you are doing a disservice to your writing.
I realized that writing is about the heart, and not so much the head. If I can evoke an emotion response from you, I've done something right.