This is so stupid... (but I have to share it with you)
I've been "not playing" now for three years. I think that's longer than some of you have been playing. I still digest music daily internally and I often get the attention of my brother firefighter/paramedics at work who notice the non-stop whistling or humming. Emilie (sp?) helped me learn this in her "Up Jumped Spring" post and I think it's going to help me out of my "hiatus" mode and start writing and playing again.… (thank you Emilie).
Consider these questions: Where does creativity live in musical expression? How does a person express brilliance in their music? What is writer's block and does it exist in improvising? Emilie helped me see the answers to these questions. The creative genius in music lives in the DEVELOPMENT of an idea - NOT the idea itself. "Ideas" are a dime a dozen. I have so many ideas that I tend to be stagnant because no single idea ever sticks out as being anything interesting or purposeful. The idea is only the tip of the iceberg. The idea is the LEAST important component of the process of creativity. How you develop any idea is where the genius comes in.
You could wake me up at 3 AM any morning and say "Piper, give me a musical idea" and I'd have more of them than you could shake a stick at but I'd discount them all because none of them are brilliant. However, now I know that an idea, on it's own can never be brilliant. It must be developed to become so! HOW you develop it is where you express yourself and your brilliance. This to me was a revelation!