After making my last three songs, the usual lack of inspiration ensued leaving me to follow my routine of leaving my guitar alone for a week or so while doing other things. I have always found that not playing the guitar is a great way to improve your creativeness when you return to it. When you play for a long time, you get stuck in the habit of playing the exact same way each time you pick up the guitar. If you leave it alone for a while, you will find that you take a fresher approach to playing.
This works a lot of the time, but after not playing for the last week or two and returning to it today, I realise that I will have to do the longer approach at finding inspiration. This involves covering songs that others have already written. It has been a while since I have covered a song (the last one being 'Like a Callisto to a Star in Heaven' - 'Trivium'), but I have an idea which styles of bands to learn from. I am going to cover As I Lay Dying's 'Sound of Truth' as well as All That Remains's 'Air That I Breathe' and possibly another song on the same style. These songs will challenge me, but it is exactly what I need, and I should be able to write anew after they have been learnt.