Creators write to say that they can do it one day and not the next.
Lack of confidence is an ongoing scourge to both amateur and professional. It presents itself in the form of a block. Compositions self-destruct, brushes fiddle, ideas wither and abort. The causes are many and specific to each creator. They include negativity, jinxes, attitudes, fears, clutter, anxiety, guilt, debt, previous failure and the plain ordinary blues. Can’t do it, won’t do it, takes over.
Creators must know that bouts of incompetence come with the territory.
With repetition the habits are formed or reformed and the blocks can be sidelined. With this minor and forgivable self-delusion a kind of honesty arises. Simply and brilliantly, disabilities melt, process takes over and miracles begin again to happen.
“My only strength is finding something where most people would find nothing.” (Mary Pratt, artist)
On days where I’m not coming up with a song idea or just don’t have the time or feel like it, I do try to object write. Pat Pattison Berkeley College of Music songwriting professor has a site called Objectwriting.com where he gives you a daily word and lots of people post what they write in ten or fifteen minutes. The goal is to use all your senses in the writing seeing, hearing, smell, taste, touch, kinesthetic movement, organic internal sensations, etc. to learn to write better imagery and also using metaphors and similes. Good work to keep the pump primed. I’ve also written some songs based off the the object writing.
Like to hear others thoughts and hope you check out the objectwriting.com site. There is also some discussion about the craft of songwriting there.