Here's a humble example. I found an interestingly shaped amethyst once and combined it with some milliput to make this:
Like any half-decent talisman, it focused the mind, which in turn brought forth ideas, which finally merged and twisted until it became this:
An elaborate but effective counter to writer's block, especially when you feel a need to produce something rather than something specific. Use this method too often however and your house will fill up with random craft works.