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Old 04-18-2017, 03:23 AM   #1
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Sources of Inspiration

So I'm in a bit of a rut lately. I sit down to write, and I'm just not getting that flow I need. What do you all do to get pumped for writing?

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Old 04-18-2017, 03:34 AM   #2
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Re: Sources of Inspiration

I work, mostly. Or involve myself in things away from music and my equipment. And I think about all the things I'll do when I sit back down and generate ideas based on specifically my time and energy being 'unmusical'. Sometimes I'll go for a jog or work in my shop for a bit - I think there's a correlation for me between physical activity and creativity.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:43 AM   #3
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Take a break from doing it.
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Re: Sources of Inspiration

In my personnal case, I get my Ipad and simply I start to compose ... any idea ... whatever comes into my mind. Most likely, after several attempts, something good will come out. All my ideas are stored in my ipad because it could be a good starting for others new ideas.
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Re: Sources of Inspiration

In my case, I kind of power through it. I've had some pretty good songs come out of sessions where it took me hours to lay down the basic chords. IDK, I feel like there's something to be said for accepting that it's not always going to flow out naturally but still sitting down for the same amount of time.
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Re: Sources of Inspiration

This is a recurring thread / theme, but it's still valid. When I'm not in a writing mood but find myself with spare time to write, I just don't even touch it anymore. If my brain isn't syncing up, it's just not the right time. As other IDMFers have said, that's when it's a good time to take a walk / jog and put the creativity aside. Soon enough you'll be bursting with it.

Maybe my way is lame, anyway. Some people can write from a deep, dark place, but personally I've never had any luck with that either.

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Re: Sources of Inspiration

Make a list of 20 things you have never done. Don't even think about music and start working on your list. I often find inspiration sometimes comes from the back door of something else. Kind of morbid but I was inspired by a dead bird in my pool. LOL
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Re: Sources of Inspiration

Things that inspire me in no particular order
- People I love
- Random dialog from television shows
- Beautiful ladies
- Children
- Photography
- Poetry
- Classical music
- Drum beats
- Meditation

I generally find if I have two or three of these going on, I have no problems channeling the muse.

I've also learned that if I'm blocked up, like emotionally/spiritually/whatevs, then there's no point even trying. Gotta be at peace to make it happen.

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Re: Sources of Inspiration

Depends.
Do you need to write music? I.e: is that your job or you have a deadline?

Then just power through it, no other options. Work sucks no matter what.

Do you write music for your pleasure and enjoyment?
Then don't sweat it, do something else, anything really.

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