Where do you start?
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Where does the rhythm come from?
Stop, Look, Listen
Most of us tend to draw from outside ourselves, finding inspiration in other musicians, in other music. We often copy what we've heard before, changing it to suit our needs, but still looking outside ourselves for inspiration. If you've played your instrument for a number of years and reached a certain level of proficiency, then you have everything you need inside yourself.
The next time you go to play/practice, stop and sit for a moment, meditating & listening to what you hear inside. Listen for what you really feel. Then when you play, let that be your guide and play yourself.
Follow the inner muse…