Today I wanted to talk a little bit about how I write music and get inspired. Many people may say that true inspiration comes from heartache and distress, but I think there's more to being creative than sadness. Also, writing music for me is something that I love to do. I'm able to use it as an outlet for myself and that's why I take it so seriously. Plus, I don't think doing something creative should ever be something that is considered "work" or something that you have to do- it should be meaningful and a passion. So, let's get started!
1. Keep a journal to write down ideas.
You should keep a journal or at least a phone on you at all times just incase something exciting happens. I constantly carry a little notebook around to jot down ideas.
2. Find inspiration in daily life.
I always find phrases in the newspaper or even on TV, that I love and find truly amazing. This is when your notebook will come in handy! Let's say that we're in a coffee shop and the man in front of us in line says something that sounds a bit strange, and that quote is stuck in our heads all day- WRITE IT DOWN!
3. Find a safe space that makes you feel at home.
I love writing music when the lights are dimmed in my room, and my fairy lights are twinkling... also I try to keep a candle burning too. Surround yourself with things that make you happy, but yet make you think.
4. Have jam sessions even when you feel most uninspired.
Even if you don't play an instrument, recognize when you want to jam out to music of play your guitar. It should never feel like you have to schedule time to do this, just do it when you feel like it! (And this is coming from a very busy person...)
5. Just write!
Sit down and bring up some word vomit. Make lists of what makes you happy and makes you sad. Also, never throw out any ideas (even if they're godawful). You might want to use them in the future!
6. Collaborate and get feedback.
This is probably one of the hardest steps to do, but it's always worth it. Ask your friends if they would like to jam along, and actually listen to they're feedback (they are your frends for a reason).
But overall just have fun and get a little crazy. And who knows? Your music is probably gonna end up being amazing. If you do need inspiration or an outside opinion, please let me know! I hope you enjoyed hearing my process and don't worry if it takes awhile to write.