How To Get Endless Musical Inspiration And Never Experience Writer's Block
Do you think you are a creative person, or are you beating yourself because you are not creative enough? Do you think that creativity is "a gift" or something you can take care of and make grow? And if so what exactly can you do be more creative? Turns out, it's much easier than you think!
Ah, inspiration. In a previous article on songwriting practice we have seen how a songwriter needs to have both inspiration (to get original ideas) and technique (to harness these ideas into a complete song). For technique we can practice, but what to do for inspiration?
The myth that is most common today is that inspiration "just comes".
Turns out, instead, that there is A LOT you can do to make inspiration come to you.
The truth is, it's not "having" inspiration that is the problem, it's "allowing" inspiration to come up that is the problem. What do I mean with that? I suggest you try visiting your local kindergarten and observe the kids playing. You will see that many of them are singing made up songs.
Come to think of it, many of these kids are doing a lot of creative things in their daily activities. But now go and see some older kids (say, 10-12 years old) and how they play. No more made up songs. No more creative things going on (with few exceptions).
Where has all their creativity gone? It has been squeezed out of them. Not only by the school system, but by their environment in general.
The bad news is that unless you take care of your own environment, YOUR creativity will be squeezed out of you too.
The good news is that all your creativity is still inside of you... and you can still get it out. EASILY. How can you do that? See the video below where I explain to a young composer how to free his inspiration and take care of it, so that he will never have to wonder if he's a creative person or not... he'll just BE creative:
It's all about knowing how to take care of your inspiration. As long as you follow the advice that I gave you in the video above, you will never be blocked again. And if you think you are not a creative person... it's probably because you didn't follow this advice in the first place. Don't worry! It's never too late to start and the results will surprise you too.
And if you want to know more about all that and make it part of your day-to-day practice, check out the definitive guide on putting a stop to writer's block
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