Of Writer's block, free writes, cues and other things...
I often hit go through a phase where nothing inspires me, and really I'm FORCING myself to write and hence its quite terrible.
I find that free writing really helps in situations like that. The only rules I enforce for myself are that once I start I can't stop to think and that I assign a time for myself. I find that this gets easier with time and often after the free write, I'm able to convert some of what I've written into a poem, or a short story etc.
Sometimes I assign myself a cue, which could be a lyric, a quote or simply a word or a concept.
If anyone is interested in joining me in these, please let me know, and your ideas are invaluable :)
We could do it once a week or oftener as it works out :)