"Inspiration doesn't really work like that - you're not looking out for it. Inspiration is something that tends to capture you rather than you capture it." Joan Armatrading.
I've often thought long and hard about this concept that inspiration "captures" one. I've come to the conclusion that it works both ways - perspiration (getting down to work) and inspiration. I can 'force' a story I'm writing and it can be okay, pretty good. Yet, when I'm out walking or driving or simply sitting and staring at the wall, I can be overwhelmed with a tale or idea that has to be put down on paper. I can read it over and ask myself 'where did that come from - surely not me!" I imagine there are artists of all sorts who recognize that moment. And sometimes music helps to spur on that capturing...."Love and Affection" by Joan Armatrading is one of those songs. First time I heard it (way back in the 1970s...), I found I could 'really dance' .... though it was surely not me doing the dancing! - Beth Almond Ford