"We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action."- Frank TiboltOne of the guys in my camera club shared that quote with me. Thanks John!
Some more of the random like thoughts in my head about inspiration.
- lack of energy
- lack of sleep
- lack of time
- comparing your work to others
- clutter in your mind
- clutter in your life
- failure avoidance - that is, feeling "I can't do that yet, so I won't try"
Inspiration for me comes easier when I'm relaxed and not overly stressed out. I'll be thinking about that part in a bit.
Creating stuff for me is very emotional. Both in a good way and a bad way. Once I get moving on doing stuff there's a great sense of purpose and calm and things just flow. I think it's one of the coolest parts of this hobby of photography. When things click - it's just awesome. However, when you're not feeling it.... even picking up the camera can be difficult.
I think the positive side of that is why photography is somewhat therapeutic for me. If I can get to a point where I can pick up my camera and start shooting, then within that process of shooting I start to find some perspective on all the stuff that I'm stressing about 'outside' of the photography. The act of seeing (looking through a viewfinder is great for this) forces me to see things differently - so I start to see the rest of my life and circumstances differently too.
(the photos in this post are all mine and I included them only because I like them for different reasons)