The days I have nothing.
There may be no pesky interruptions. I may have peace and quiet and pen and paper, but absolutely no inspiration at all. I can read over the current theme lists in my pile. I may even have already jotted down some notes, but still no words come.
Those are the times I realize I need to just stop and walk away. I have to close the lid on my laptop, or put down the pen and go do something.
Getting out of the house gives me new ideas for writing. For example, one day I went waking with a couple of friends. Just from our conversation I got two ideas for kids’ stories. That afternoon, I went home and was immediately able to get busy putting down words.
The next time you feel a little less than inspired when it comes to your writing, get out of the house, interact with other people, go to the store and strike up a conversation with a stranger. Don’t be afraid to not write for a day or two. Clean out that closet you’ve been meaning to for five years. You never know, there may be an idea lurking in there.