Years ago, before I had the skill or will to write, ideas came to me only occasionally. They were fleeting things that I could rarely hold onto, and it was even more rare for me to take an idea and turn it into a finished product. I was dissatisfied with this state of things, so I decided to spend a year learning about creativity. The knowledge I gained through books and experiments gave me the courage to move forward, and ideas were soon flowing so quickly I couldn't keep up.
Creativity is found at the intersection of courage and ability. The more practice you get taking the ideas in your head and turning them into tangible products, the more you'll be able to recognize and utilize ideas that come to you. Facing your fears, which is really what my year of studying creativity was all about, will help you learn to share your authentic self more fully and more often.
Inspiration is a function of internal and external factors. A rich and beautiful external environment can foster the creation of art, but only if we are able to absorb, appreciate and activate the creative energy that lives inside us. By the same token, even the most ideal artistic mindset can be tarnished by a stubbornly pragmatic external environment. It requires persistence and tenacity to overcome such opposition.
Creativity is our natural state. When we peel back the layers of our fear, we can discover a world of infinite inspiration.