If you're a creator, you should own a copy of Lynda Barry's What It Is. It's an amazing exploration of the creative process. This is one of my favorite panels, which explains what to do when you don't know what to do. It's inspiring.
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You can create things in three easy steps. Here they are:
Consume. Last weekend, I read a 372-page book and a 35,000-word essay and watched several movies. Other ways of consuming include direct experience, ie immersing oneself in nature, hanging out with weird people, seeing a play. In this stage, you are a passive, chewing maw.
Digest. I often spend this stage eating, comatose, or spacing out. Your brain just ate a giant meal. You need to give it a break while your subconscious breaks down the food particles of information that you just consumed. This won't feel like much, but it will be everything.
Regurgitate/Expel. Now that you have taken something in and your body/brain has processed it, it has to go somewhere. This is the creation part. You can verbalize it. You can write it. You can transform it into a piece of sculpture. What comes out is what you took in, made new by you.
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I was having a hard time getting started writing today so I went in the garage and made this on the dry erase board.