So, it happened. That dreaded disease which causes pages to remain blank… writer’s block. All artisans are at risk and the cure is… yea, bottle that up and make a million.
Creativity is nebulous, fragile, and elusive. We’ve all been there… the spark is missing and there seems nothing can be done to ignite it. Whether you are a musician, painter, writer, or architect, there are commonalties. I recently had the chance to sit and discuss the issue with members of Jett Blakk: Tommy Law and Randy Blakk.
Take a break – You can’t force it. Try getting away from it for a while and do normal stuff… re-energize.
Collaborate – Find someone to work with you on the project or simply bounce ideas off them. Getting perspective from another is a good way to see from another angle. Besides, playing with yourself can get mighty boring.
Chaos infusion – Step back and let the universe guide you. As a musician, hit the record button and just ‘let it flow’. Don’t think, just do. Then sit back and listen. Even if 99% is garbage, you might hear a line that provides a glimmer with which to expand upon.
Approach – Instead of using a brush, throw paint at the canvas. Play the line on a different instrument. Write with a crayon. Point is, rather than beat your head on the wall… get a hammer.
Let the Force guide you – Grab a dictionary, close your eyes, and blindly point. Use that word. Another variant Christine and I have used… Cut up pieces of paper with the twelve notes and/or words on them and place in a hat. Draw out a few and use them in a melody.
Inspiration – Read a book, visit the museum, or listen to an album. Find inspiration in another art form or genre. Rather than listen to your normal station: Hits of the 1700’s… put some punk on.
Altered States – Follow the rabbit.
Outline – Put to paper general ideas in an outline. Sometimes a framework to helps to grasp a bigger concept.
Dust off the notebooks – Get out those old notebooks, sketchpads, etc. Don’t reinvent the wheel, expand upon an older idea.
Whatever you do, don’t panic. It happens to us all. Sometimes a good dose of fun is all it takes.