Sometimes you gotta look to the freaks for inspiration. I'm talking about the ones out there on the edge, pushing the envelope, letting their innate oddities stretch the creative barriers for the rest of us.
If you wanna be a good writer in Hollywood, you gotta look beyond what's boffo at the box office. You need to see foreign and indy films that don't adhere to the bullshit three-act four-quadrant six-figure screenplay template that's stapled to every telephone and light pole in town. You need to reach back and check out underground cult classics from decades ago. You need to let somebody like David Lynch rescramble your neurons every so often. You might not get it. You might not even like it. But it's fertilizer for your creative soul.
Captain Beefheart, aka Don Van Vliet, spent decades writing and playing some of the most bizarre music imaginable, churning up blues and jazz and rock in great gnarly records like Trout Mask Replica and Safe as Milk and Doc at the Radar Station. You've seriously never heard anyone like him. Then he gave it all up to pursue painting and sculpture.
Beefheart's epic recordings have influenced musicians in all genres, from country to grunge to electro. I can't pretend to like all of his music. Some of it is truly ... out there ... and I just don't get it. But even his most challenging records are so rich and interesting and layered that I know it's probably my problem and not his. I'll spend the rest of my life listening to Beefheart because I suspect time is only gonna help me process and understand just what the hell he's doing. And somehow, on a sub-molecular level, it's gonna make me a better writer.
Here are Captain Beefheart's 10 Commandments for Guitar Playing. These are wild and wonderful and I think there are dozens of ways to apply them to writing or acting or gardening or whatever it is you love doing.
Here's a favorite:
If your brain is part of the process, you're missing it. You should play like a drowning man, struggling to reach shore. If you can trap that feeling, then you have something that is fur bearing.