It's raining and it's 9am and I am so tired. I want to make some magic but I can tell it won't come easy today. The puzzle pieces on a new song have to fit together but the fog lingers in my mind. Coffee.
I wander over to the piano and grab a piece of paper and a pencil. I start playing and jotting down some notes - I am not going to wait for the ideas, I am going to hunt for them, corner them and write them down.
If the ideas remain inside my mind floating from here to there, encountering doubt or criticism or insecurity, then I'm not making any progress at all. I want to get these thoughts out, onto paper. I want to look at them, read them, see them.
This interaction spurs development. I don't have to use these ideas but this will get me closer to what I will use. I don't have endless moments to create or become inspired - not at all. In these few moments I have, sometimes I have to force things.
This process of just "doing" is perhaps brought on by frustration or lack of time, but is absolutely constructive for me and transforms abstract ideas into reality faster than if I wait for the "right" idea first to come to mind.
Now it stopped raining but there is no sign of sun anywhere. My mind is a little lighter, the piece of paper a little fuller and the coffee can is empty. Later I will reflect on the morning's work and then I'll know what to do next.