Maybe it's the season or the things I've been putting off until the New Year or maybe it's just that it's been drab and dreary here in Philadelphia for the past few weeks. All I know is that I'm in one of my "uninspired" periods, those times when I seem devoid of ideas or when pursuing an idea seems like simply too much work.
My tendency at these points is to burrow down deep into myself and wait for something to change. Eventually it does, but during that waiting period, I become impatient with myself for not being more "productive." It also feels very isolating--I'm sure I'm the ONLY person in the world who runs out of ideas, all evidence to the contrary. So I surf the web mindlessly, hoping for inspiration to strike. I mine my feed reader, but nothing really seems to capture my interest. And I stare out the window next to my desk, praying for the muse to endow me with some amazing, fabulous idea of what to write about or some new project to start. Of course, none of these things work, in part I suspect because we have fallow times in our creativity when we simply aren't able to string together two thoughts, let alone a series of innovative posts or an idea for a new program.
Another annoying thing--my "dry" periods seem to coincide with those times that I've purposely set aside to work on projects for myself. It seems that when I'm crazy with other work that requires my full attention, those are the times when I have no problem coming up with ideas or inspiration. As soon as I say I'm going to take a day or two to pursue some of those ideas that I've put into notebooks and Post-Its and on my bulletin board, then everything dries up and the flood turns to a trickle.
Since I know I'm not alone in this, I'm wondering what you do when you're in those times when inspiration strikes everywhere but in your own mind? Where do you find your inspiration? How do you deal with those times when your creativity seems to have fled? Help me create a guide to dealing with the fallow times and re-discovering inspiration so that we can all benefit and feel less alone when they happen.