You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”- Jack London Here are some great ways to perk up your inspiration meter: Take public transit No matter what your creative media, being around people is a great way to go. You'll hear weird conversations, see elaborate outfits, or simply experience daily life for a lot of folks. Write down what you see, or surreptitiously take photographs, but let the environment of a moving city take you over and see what comes up. Go see good art Go to your favorite museum and spend an afternoon alone just looking at pieces that grab you. Analyze what makes them so intriguing and how you could incorporate that into your own work. A word of caution though, don't let looking at really good stuff make you depressed, which sometimes happens to me. Take into account how long these artists have been working at their craft and even on one piece. If all else fails, just imagine how dysfunctional their life must be for them to be so good. Go for a long drive For some reason, I always feel inspired on long drives. Maybe it's just that my mind finally has time to unwind, but it works. If you don't have a car, go with someone, but make it clear you want a quiet, soothing drive to unwind and think. Get outside If you live in a city, sometimes it's hard to let go of the fast pace and mechanicalness of it all. Go to the park, or better yet, a forest preserve, and lose yourself in nature for a while. Take your creative implements with you, and sit under a tree or in a field and just let go. Break a Sweat Excercise can help you get out of your head. Becoming totally physical will give your mind a break to gather itself and get that creativity back to the forefront. Dabble in other art Sometimes you just need a change of pace. Try painting, even if it's just finger painting, or a dance class, just something that forces you to be creative but not in your forte. Who knows, you might even end up being good at whatever you try, or it could seriously influence your next masterpiece. Where does your inspiration come from?