I try not to sneer.
But I truly believe that the only time inspiration strikes is when you're sitting at your desk working, or already so deep in a piece of work, that the new idea or insight almost comes as an irritation.
But don't believe me. Here's what Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize winning American poet says in her book ‘A Poetry Handbook’.
“If Romeo and Juliet had made appointments to meet, in the moolight-swept orchard, in all the peril and sweetness of conspiracy, and then more often than not failed to meet, one or the other lagging, or afraid, or busy elsewhere – there would have been no romance, no passion, none of the drama for which we remember and celebrate them.
Writing a poem is not so different – it is a kind of possible love affair between something like the heart, that courageous but shy factory of emotion, and the learned skills of the conscious mind.
They make appointments with each other, and keep them, and something begins to happen.
Or they make apppointments and are casaul and often fail to keep them them; count on it, nothing happens.
So if you're not inspired, or have writers block, or are the only one in your writing group with nothing to share, it might be because you're not making an appointment with yourself to write - in which case, how can you expect anything to happen?
So pick a place, set a time, make a goal.
And be there.
Something will happen.