for the days when you're not quite feeling it:
if nothing grabs hold of you when you sit down to create, don't force it - quality is better than quantity. lighten up.
the value of play is often underestimated - it's not only a great way to have fun, but it's good for your health and stress levels, and exercises your brain in terms of flexibility. remember when creating something first took hold of you? you'd take some time and genuinely just dabble in your craft. you'd try various techniques and approaches and eventually, you found a way that you thought worked best for you.
keeping this in mind, on the days when you're not quite feeling it, try switching it up.
(penicillin was discovered purely by accident - you too could come across a new favourite colour combination, inspiration or technique purely by changing your routine.)
are you a painter who plans? plan less. just put paint to canvas and see where it takes you. mixed media? put together two textures you haven't worked with before, and that you're not sure will work. writer? just write. don't edit.
too often we censor ourselves in the interests of time, expediency, fear, or convenience. remember: fortune favours the bold. take time for a creative stream of consciousness, uncensored and unhindered by expectations.
and hey - if it doesn't fly. it's ok. you were just playing around anyways.
image by kal