Overcoming Your Creative Blocks
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The creative process we go through as musicians is beautiful. It is probably the greatest experience we give to ourselves out of everything else that comes when you make music. But, as you probably know, things don’t always go as smoothly as we have them planned in our head.
Sadly, the reality many times interferes with it and we get to different obstacles. You have probably had moments where all of a sudden your drive has disappeared and you just can’t seem to find the right time or things to help you continue with your work. This might last very shortly until you get back on track, but sometimes, it lasts a little bit longer than it needs to last, so what can we do to help ourselves?
All work no play makes Jack a dull boy
Ask yourself if maybe you are doing something to encourage the creative block’s appearance. Many times the answer might be yes. Sometimes the repetition of the activity and being caught up in the same atmosphere can do more damage than good. We put our mind into a certain position, and the more we stay in it, the harder it is to take another point of view. Which means – it is totally okay to take a break from working on your project.
The way you manage your breaks might mean a lot to you as well. From a break on a daily basis through out your creative process like a walk or just leaving your working space, to breaks that might involve a longer period of time off your art – you should try and find something that helps you recharge and keeps you motivated, maybe even something that makes you strive to go back to your working station.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Though your mind not be at the things it needs to be in order to achieve what you set as a goal in your work, I am pretty sure it still explores its own creative corners even when you are not aware of it. And sometimes, well, it might be a great idea to check what’s in there. Though it may not be what you exactly need at the moment, it is still not a bad thing to put it out there and give it a few moments of your time. Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries in your music. Whether it is elements in production that you are curious to try, or anything related to vocals or genres, go for it and see where it takes you. Be fearless. The possibilities are endless.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – leave perfectionism for the end
Make sure you squeeze all your creative juices in the glass. By this I mean, don’t restrict yourself while you’re onto creating something. Spit it out the way it’s cooked in your brains. Everything else can wait. Make sure you express your idea the best you can. Of course, always leave space for change and space to better it up and fix it up, but first make sure you get everything out of your creative pocket. This way you yourself will give a more genuine approach towards the work you put out there. And believe me, at the end of the day your audience will notice this too. Never fixate to a certain outcome as it is the only thing that’s ever gonna be.
Enjoy the ride
All of this involves highs and lows. And that is completely okay just the way it is. Embrace all of it and don’t get discouraged. Every bit of it has something to offer to your final product, and at the end it is your attitude that defines the outcome. It is important to understand that sometimes the idea we have does not really sync with what the real world has to offer for it, but that shouldn’t stop you. Be confident. The creative process itself has its own character that you help and contribute to. You are a part of it and it is a part of you. So, make sure you don’t turn it into a frustration and dread by putting things a certain (or unrealistic) way, and fixating on an idea. Take it easy and rule with moderation. Leave your mind open despite everything.