nobody on this earth lives in a constant state of creatively inspired (at least nobody i’ve ever heard of). those who succeed with large scale, long term creative projects, or with regular day to day creativity-based tasks have a secret: they produce creative work when they really don’t want to.
for me, creativity comes in bursts, but relying solely on those bursts to produce creative content would get me nowhere. they really aren’t frequent enough. maybe once or twice a month i’ll be revved as hell to punch out a solid 2000 words no problem, or i’ll be super inspired to go shoot some film footage, or i’ll be extremely excited to conceive and execute a photography project. but one or two creative accomplishments a month isn’t much if you’re looking to live a creativity-filled life.
the people who actually produce great amounts of creative material aren’t luckier for more inspiration, they’re commendable for forcing themselves to do something that isn’t usually easy or fun.
some days when you sit down and force yourself to work, you realize that creative energy is there and it just needed a little prodding to come out. some days that energy NEVER shows up and your creative project is a huge pain-in-the-ass chore. what i’ve noticed, however, is that there’s not really anything consistent about the quality of work produced when “inspired” or when “frustrated banging my head on the desk all i want to do is watch breaking bad reruns instead of trying to squeeze out this 200 word long turd.” sometimes the stuff you produce out of sheer brute force is better than the stuff you receive from the muse, and sometimes it’s not.
regardless, for me, waiting to “get creative” is a surefire way to produce many many projects that are 5% complete, and NONE that are even close to realized. the hidden door i found to creative productivity is the one that comes from creating when you’re not feeling creative at all.