Friday, March 19, 2010
Five for Friday: 10 Tips to Avoid a Creative Block
Years ago, we used to live in Pittsburgh, where I was writing a bit of music before moving to Boston to go to Berklee. I used to go jogging whenever I was feeling stuck or couldn't figure out where I wanted to take a particular piece.
The problem was, I lived in an apartment building with a very nice foyer and elevators that played classical music around the clock. After jogging a couple of miles, I'd work through what I wanted to do in my head – the perfect chord or melody – but then I'd have to get home to write it down or record it.
This meant running a gauntlet of Mozart and Beethoven, desperately trying not to lose the nifty little solution I had in my head in a wave of Ravel. I must have looked like an idiot, eyes closed, frantically humming to myself in the elevator.
In Boston, we lived in a horrible apartment for several years, and while once or twice the gauntlet involved more traditional mugging, at least it was easier to keep a tune in my head.
Do you ever get creatively stuck? How do you break out of it?
10 Tips to Avoid a Creative Block | Inspired Magazine