From Aaron Mahnke:
See, what I do is take away the power of “inspiration” as a requirement. Now, I can sit down, look over the new chapter’s summary, and then start writing. No need to wait for the “mood” to guide me in a direction I like.
While some level of inspiration should be there at the very beginning, when you conjure an idea, it is unlikely that it will rear its head while you are actually trying to do the work.
For those of us who struggle with creativity, Aaron’s post reinforces the value of a process. Over the years I’ve wasted so much time waiting for inspiration that would never strike. Having a plan removes the need for inspiration, but still leaves room for it to appear along the way.