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Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« on: December 07, 2007, 12:36:25 PM »
Please add your thoughts on the creation process (writing music, writing books, painting, etc...)

What inspires you?
What happens when you get writers block?
etc...
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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007, 03:36:31 PM »
For me, it's very simple.  When I have some extra time, time enough to relax and let my mind drift, let ideas come to me and develop, then I'm creative.  I end up making things, whether it's music or art or whatever. 

When I'm short on time, I can't make myself be creative, even if I force it.

I've actually never been blocked creatively, except when I don't give myself time to relax and reflect and brainstorm. 
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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007, 04:03:03 PM »
I'm in the midst of reviewer writer's block right now, despite having many excellent recordings awaiting a review. For me, it's a combination of stress from work, having too much to do at home so that I feel guilty if I spend time writing and, finally, being stuck for how to "start." Once I get the first 100 words down, it's like a sled going downhill...momentum takes over and it's easy to keep on. But getting to start is hard.

As for solutions...well, since I'm still blocked, I haven't found it yet!  ???

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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2007, 04:15:12 PM »
Hey Bill, when I've had something relatively short to write, but I've had trouble getting started (say, a short essay for a college class -- I wrote twenty million of those), I made a deal with myself that I was just going to write a certain amount (say, 200 words) with the intention that I wouldn't use any of it.  It would be "throwaway" text, written on my subject but not to be included. 

Often I'd use these words to write preamble or background type stuff, which would end up getting me rolling right into what I was trying to write. 

Other times, I'd make this deal with myself and start writing, only to find that what I was writing actually was the essay itself, and I'd agree to break my agreement with myself, and just go ahead and use it.

Whatever the case, it seems like that agreement with myself that I'd start writing words not intended to be used for the project/essay/review/whatever, would break the blockage and get things flowing.
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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2007, 08:22:16 PM »
sage practice griff and sound advice, too. when i have reviewer's block i listen to some death metal or punk rock or something as far away from ambient and new age as possible. i find that it numbs my brain for an hour or so and then i can regenerate.
i do a similar thing with music. i make some godawful sounds and warp the f*** out of them with feedback, reverb and anything to make the sound dissonant and foreign. it clears my head and allows me to concentrate on making listenable music.
all the best and God bless
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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2007, 07:25:51 AM »
Inspiration I pull from just about everything - I believe that everything is related and tied into each other.    My music is informed by other music, tv/movies, reading, games, nature, friends, work, etc... 

Even though I haven't recorded in 4 years - I still feel very creative - it's just coming out in diffferent ways...   (photography, a lot of stuff I do at work, my piano playing, etc...)   

When I feel like I *have* to do something - that's usually when my brain clamps down and refuses to do things.   So I try to go with the flow and at least for creative things - let my whims take me where they want to go.   

What's harder is those firm deadlines...  obviously something due for work - well... not much I can do there except crank through the best I can...   I've found that trying too hard to come up with a creative solution rarely works.  Walking away, doing something else, sleeping on it - that's when the inpiration tends to hit.    Sometimes I have to plow through whether I want to or not (that's why it's work... ha.)

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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2007, 11:52:56 AM »
I pull inspiration from many sources as well...

Could be hearing a song (usually in other genres) which has an idea, musical statement or production value I want to try and/or wrestle with.

Could be seeing a piece of art, my wife is a painter and 3-D artist whose work I am very inspired by. I also am a photographer (what my degree is in) and I often pull these ideas together into my work (both of my Hypnos albums use my photographs on the cover).

Could be a be a book I am reading that has a phrase or idea I get stuck in my head.

Could also be ideas which pop into my head during prayer and quiet time.

So no shortage of inspiration...just the time to do use it all...

Paul
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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2011, 09:17:25 AM »
Lately I've been more inspired by quiet and nature than by most things.  I think inspiration is also something that rotates, evolves, changes. 

I'm getting older - and what inspires me, what holds my attention, what I want to play - has all changed subtly over the years.

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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2011, 12:25:56 PM »
I was just reading this as a fresh thread and what a double-take, mind-f*** I experienced having Jim B kick in!
In that vein, I'd call mortality an inspiration for me to keep making and doing.

I usually have at least 10 music/video/art projects in various stages of completion at all times (Gemini)
and, unless there's a deadline, when one bogs me down, I'll flip over into a different one
and the refamiliarization process usually gets me tweeking away and I'm off...

A technique from an old friend is to use uninspired times to transfer tapes, loop samples, catalog and label, etc...
All the stuff you want to avoid when you're inspired.

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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2011, 12:33:03 PM »
Sorry about that!  I dredged up an "ancient" thread by internet standards... 2007!
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Re: Creating: inspiration, roadblocks, resources
« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2011, 04:13:44 PM »
Nothing wrong with pulling up these years-old topics. Sometimes I wish we could freely access the REALLY old ones, from the days when this forum was super busy all the time.

This is a particularly interesting one. I see myself giving advice about avoiding writer's block, though at the time I wasn't writing fiction any more (I wrote from the mid 80s until just before I started Hypnos in 1996). I started writing again a while ago, so it's funny to see my non-writing 2007 self giving writing advice.
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