Today marks the end of an extremely long (and at some points; gruelling) creative process crafting this new song. But this song now feels as though it has fully blossomed, and words can’t even come close to describing how excited I am to focus my energies on crafting the next creation. I promise you’ll hear these songs in all their glory at some point in the future…
Asked by Anonymous
I think its a healthy mixture of both. For me, the focus would be on ‘writing something word reading’ so to speak, but you’d need some form of balance of doing things worth writing otherwise you end up with a chicken and the egg situation.
We are on this planet for such and insignificant amount of time, that doing something creative in life to leave behind ends up becoming quite the gift for the people in the generations to come after you. They can pick up from where you left off, learn from your experience and writings and continue to add to the story. Its a rather beautiful thing I think.
With relation to this quote, I think your radar for inspiration always needs to be on, but the process of creation is always the main focus. I remember reading something once that went along the lines of ‘The artist merely acknowledges that creativity and inspiration is a spiritual thing, but does not dwell on it. The artist chooses rather to focus on technique.’ There is so much to learn from that; yes inspiration is extremely important and is very much the catalyst for creativity, but you can easily spend years ‘waiting to be inspired’ when actually if you focus on getting a better creative technique down you end up finding inspiration a lot easier and end up incorporating it into lots of different work of yours in a much more free-flowing way. Purely because the focus has shifted from being so intensely fixated on that feeling of being inspired to the technique in which you use however much inspiration you’ve found to work into your creative endeavour.
I’ve spent so long ‘waiting to be inspired’, but I’ve been much more effective recently if I just try to tackle my creative endeavours in the strength that I have, rather than waiting for the perfect conditions for creativity to just fall out of me fully formed.
I end with this C.S Lewis quote:
"If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would have never begun"
Asked by loyalbutwanderlust
Wow thank you so much! Once I’ve managed to capture it in the right way! I’ve got a few songs I definitely wanna release, its just getting them to sound absolutely right before I release them. But I promise you there will be more to come! x