I've been doing a lot of thinking about the mystery of creativity. How it happens, where it comes from, when it strikes...etc. I've read contradictory things about it. Some think that creativity is something that hits you occasionally and you should take advantage of it in those fleeting moments. If it hits at 2am, then by god, get up and create!
Others think that it's something you can call upon when needed. In Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, she talks about setting a schedule for creativity. Sit down at the same time everyday to be creative and you can program your mind to be productive then. Your brain goes catches on..."Oh, at this set time I must generate ideas and be creative."
So, this has been floating around in my head. I'm wondering about your opinions. Where do you stand? Do you think creativity can be called upon? Scheduled? Or is it just lightning that could strike at any moment?
I'd love to hear your thoughts...