Hey! So, I’ve been thinking about starting a blog. Idk why but here we go.
Before we start, can we talk about how weird the word “blog” is?
lol wtf. who thought that was cool?
Okay, so let’s start this. Btw, I’m going to stop using proper capitalization now because I’ve barely begun and I’m already annoyed.
for this first blog, i want to talk about what i do to stay inspired to create. i’ve been asked this question a lot from being wanting advice on how to get out of their creative dry spell and i never really know what to say because the methods i use may not work for you like they work for me but i’ve decided to throw them out there and who knows, maybe it’ll help you! so here’s the list.
don’t forget to use all of your tools.
what i mean by that is don’t just rely on that one thing to always provide inspiration for itself. use all of the tools around you. for example, for me from a music stand point, i often pick up my guitar or sit at my computer to produce and almost instantly realize today isn’t the day. no good melodies are coming out, i don’t really have anything in my head or just not feeling it in general. and thats okay, thats normal. it happens. what i do then is turn to something else. sometimes i take pictures. of nature, of friends, of myself or anything really. i can’t tell you how many songs i’ve written where the music or lyrics were inspired by a photo i took. i also like to play video games. when i played ‘life is strange’ several times throughout that game i stopped and started creating music. that soundtrack inspired me a lot and i actually made 4 songs just playing that game.
don’t do anything.
yeah i know, weird advice right? it’s worked for me a lot though. there’s been several times where i just take a break from it for a while. during this break, the inspiration starts to work it’s way back to you then you’ll feel this burning desire to create and express everything. the best thing about this is when it hits again, it hits strong. a lot of times we end up making the mistake of trying to force inspiration and creativity and when you do that, you will often be disappointed with the outcome. go back to 1 and use some tools when the inspiration is not there. watch a movie, go out with friends or just do nothing but breathe and think. this summer, i took a break and didn’t make a song for 4 weeks. as soon as i started back up, the songs and melodies have been pouring out. sometimes it happens in the same day, sometimes it takes weeks or months even. but it happens.
don’t forget why you do what you do.
for me, i think this is the most crucial for me. we all have a reason as to why we create. to help with our depression, to help others cope with there’s, to provide for our families, to find happiness or just to live out the lives we’ve wanted for ourselves. it’s easy to lose sight of these sometimes especially when a lot of us work full time jobs. there’s been times where i’ve allowed myself to get too comfortable and for me that’s the worst. i start to not focus on promoting my new projects and getting it heard or trying to grind for the life i want because i’ve began to rely on that steady weekly paycheck so there’s no need to grind. and by allowing that to happen, i also begin to fail at my other goals of getting the music and art out and helping as many people as i can and also obtaining the life that i want. so sometimes, even when you’re exhausted from that 12 hour shift or at a really low point with depression, all it takes is to think in that moment; this is why i do what i do. whether its to get out of that job, or to help someone get out of what their going through because you know how it feels. then write, draw, sing, take photos, paint, stream, design, dance, and share whatever it is you do.
That’s it! I hope this helps you in some way. x