27/06/2013 08:55 BST | Updated 27/06/2013 09:02 BST

How I Get Inspired: Famous Creatives Reveal What Sparks Their Imagination (PHOTOS)

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Adele poses at the 85th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Letting your imagination run wild is easier said than done when it has to share a space with everything else that’s going on in your head. With everyday stresses and the daily assault on your senses that comes with modern living, even some of the most prolific writers, artists and musicians have to devise strategies for accessing their creativity.

From pounding the pavements to dealing with heartbreak, find out how some of the world's most successful creative minds unlock their inner genius.