Tell you a secret: I don't really write stories.
I make music videos in my mind.
Then I try to transfer them into written text. (It doesn't always succeed.) The result is a novel, or short story.
That's why I almost never write a longer story or novel without listening to inspirational music. It's the soundtrack of the video I'm composing in my head.
(You should ask other people who write, if they also work this way... I'd really like to know.)
Right now I'm listening to Robyn's latest album, and thinking: "Now, what stories would go with these songs...?" I'm sure I'll think of something. (Thanks, Robyn.)