I love this question! Star for you. : )
As to what I write... I honestly don't know what or how to classify the things I put on paper (or on a Word document). I've written everything from fanfiction (even Twilight fanfiction... why yes, you may shoot me now. I despise the series, I assure you; I was just stupid and young back then), drabbles, poems (surrealist ones, if you ask me. They seem so disconnected from everything, I wonder if I was high on drugs without knowing it when I wrote them), short stories and attempts at longer stories/"novels" (I don't consider or even think of writing a novel, actually; I write because I have to and for my own enjoyment).
I've archived exactly six stories so far (stories that I've abandoned but might pick up on again in the future, although I highly doubt it), and almost all of them involved some sort of fantasy. I've run away from that genre now and aim more at realism and literary surrealism (if you read anything surrealist, you'd think I was out of my mind). There are two stories I'm working on right now, although I'm concentrating on one more than the other.
The one I'm concentrating the less on is for pure fun, and is actually the kind of story I would despise to read. It's about a group of teenagers and how they brave through adolescence. The starlet is a poor girl who, through talent and hard work, has the amazing opportunity to attend one of the most prestigious schools in Europe. Her friends include a redhead with a Napoleon complex, a feminist goalkeeper and part-time ballerina, an overly Byronic OCD sufferer whom she can't get enough, a lanky blond who has an obsession with baking muffins, a megalomaniac who wants to get in her pants, and a few more ridiculous characters.
I mainly wrote this story because I wanted to develop unique yet well-rounded characters (*cough* unlike the ones in Twilight *cough*). The storyline is really corny and I can't bear to write it anymore.
My second story involves a family and the crisis they go through when something really horrible happens to one of their daughters because of their mother's involvement with some shady and revengeful mafioso. The elder sister knows she could have prevented the tragedy, so she's remorseful throughout most of the story, whereas the victim creates such a self-destructive behavior that she's sent away to a boarding school where she's ridiculed for her nationality. The story actually just follows the family through their hardships during three years and concludes with the death of one of the main characters, while the others develop into young men and women.
I had at some point thrown this story aside, but always keep coming back to it. I'm too deeply-attached to the characters, I guess.
I get easily inspired by the things around me, but mostly through sensation. To write well, you have to be able to feel well and to categorize your feelings and be able to explain them. I'm also inspired by music (especially by flamenco and classical pieces) and by good movies (not the habitual Hollywood crap you see every day). Other novels have inspired me as well as the occasional piece of fanfiction.
BQ: My latest favorite is actually a collection of poems by Arthur Rimbaud, named Le bateau ivre (I think it would translate as The Drunken/Intoxicated Boat). It's amazing, and if you have an interest toward poetry I suggest you read it, although I'm afraid a lot of beautiful metaphors and sayings will get lost in translation.
If you're a Twilight hater, I suggest you read some real literature, just to further prove what a disgusting disgrace to literature the sparkling vampire saga is. : ) Great books like:
~ Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes,
~ Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov,
~ Anything by Charles Dickens (although David Copperfield is my favorite!)
~ Anything by Jane Austen (Sense & Sensibility > Pride & Prejudice in my opinion)
~ A Farewell to Arms / For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway,
~ 1984 / Animal Farm, by George Orwell.
Have fun reading! And if you need any help regarding writing, feel free to drop me a message, I'd love to help. : )