Today wasn't terribly productive. I had a few distracting things in my mind. But, after a run, things flowed a little better. I had a professor once who was an avid runner. "Running doesn't solve your problems," he said, "but it helps one to deal with them."
I DID productively rewrite the opening of the composition I'm writing as a soprano solo without accompanent. Melodic writing INITIALLY comes easy for me. But then I always need to revisereviserevise. That I was able to accomplish today when I fought the compulsion to read more of Kurt Vonnegut's insightful and entertaining letters.
Though, sometimes, I think that part of the creative process IS distraction. Allowing distraction that is; staring out the window, doodling (I'm trying to draw cartoonish characters amongst my score sketches), and maybe reading a short passage of something. Perhaps it just releases the mind from concentration that could be called unproductive anyway.