One of the most important concepts I’ve learned when it comes to creativity is called “seasons”. The Bible says there is a time for everything and that is true when it comes to creative output. I have found that there are times when I can’t hardly stop ideas from flowing and have to rush to make sure I capture them. Many times this is toward the end of a morning run, but there are other times as well.
On the other hand, there are times when I scratch and claw and scrape to pull something out of my creative spring. If I’m writing I call it the “blinking cursor curse”. At times like these I sit back, relax, take a deep breath and go away - sometimes physically, sometimes mentally. I do this because it’s happened enough times that I now understand a very important truth: trust the seasons. Another way to put it is to trust the rhythms.
No one is “on” all the time – it’s just not built into us. But, we can learn to trust the seasons and know that fallow ground will eventually give way to a rich harvest of creativity.