I was visiting the AARP web site (for a client, not because I am eligible for membership) when I spotted a fabulous first person account of the creative process by choreographer Twyla Tharp. It is excerpted from her book, "The Creative Habit." (2003) The portion below especially captured my attention.
Ms. Tharp writes: "Creativity Is Not Just for Artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; for engineers trying to solve a problem; for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way. We think of creativity as a way of keeping everything fresh and new, while habit implies routine and repetition. That paradox intrigues me because it occupies the place where creativity and skill rub up against each other. Without the time and effort invested in getting ready to create, you can be hit by a thunderbolt, and it'll just leave you stunned. That's why I'm a stickler about preparation. There's a process that generates creativity—and you can learn it."
I urge you to read the article to learn about scratching, bridging and the project box...all ways to keep your creativity brimming.