We’ve all experienced it. Writer’s block, dry spell, whatever you care to call it. That frustrating and productivity-robbing gremlin that shows up from time to time. I’ve had it last for days, weeks, and even months. It’s not fun when it happens, as I’m sure you will agree.
How do I deal with it? Simple. I DON’T. That’s right; I ignore it. I look it right in the face and laugh. Well not really, but this is a blog entry and I’ve been told that using figurative expressions often helps engage the reader more. Nevertheless, I do ignore writer’s block and pretend it’s not there trying to rob me of a productive day of writing and producing music.
You see, even though I work independently as a production music composer, I work according to a strict schedule. I just work better that way. I have set hours when I am to show up in my neatly tucked-away home studio and start composing, and I show up regardless of whether I feel like I’m able to write or not. I turn on all the gear (more on what gear I use in a later entry), watch the pretty lights as it all comes to life, slip on the headphones, and start writing.
Sometimes inspiration follows, and sometimes it doesn’t. I’ve created enough intros, endings, musical phrases, dead-end verses, and half-choruses to fill a portion of an SSD drive, BUT I CREATED. And the flip side of this is that many times at a later date, I’ve revisited these bits and pieces of unfinished material and have suddenly become inspired to finish them. Sometimes I’ve been able to complete what they started out to be, while other times I’ve chopped them up and used them for samples in something else. The point is that I truly believe that any time we sit down and put effort into creating music is never wasted.
So there you have it. Do I still experience dry spells in my music creation? Yes, absolutely. But I refuse to acknowledge them when they show up. I ignore them and create music anyway, even if it doesn’t immediately lead to a complete track. So far it’s managed to work for me.
How about you? How do you deal (or not) with dry spells?