If you’re a little less than a seasoned creator, you may have not yet visited the valleys within creativity. There will always come a time when you suddenly feel lackluster about making art and you may wonder if you’ve lost the spark forever? Hint: It’ll be back.
Many musicians have often been interviewed saying that their epic sonic inventions have come to them at the most inopportune times, like while driving a car on a lane highway or in the brief instant limbo where the gap lies between awakening from a dream and sleep. In our humble opinion, it is most wise to treat your creativity as a living creature. If it helps, give it a name. View it as a flourishing plant or pet in your home.
Due to the fact that inspiration can be fickle, it is best to have a few options ready to go, so that when it strikes and is ready to put the work - your environment aids it and you don’t have to fuss around with wires and downloading programs.
On days when you’re just not feeling it, spend that time cleaning up an old and junk-filled computer. Get rid of that which you don’t want and backup the rest. You’ll be thanking your lucky stars later when everything runs that much smoother because it’s not bogged down.
Consider these times much like a rainy day You can also take this time to do things like tuning your guitar daily, searching around for new samples that excite you, cleaning out your phone’s storage space so it’s VoiceMemos are ready to use up as many GB as they need! We all know that when the moment finally arrives, it won’t wait very long.
Tom Waits once comments on a spark of a song that came to him while driving on a freeway in Los Angeles, “He heard a little tiny trace of a beautiful melody, and he panicked because he didn’t have his waterproof paper, and he didn’t have his tape recorder, and he didn’t have a pen, he didn’t have a pencil — he had no way And he thought, “How am I going to catch this song?” And he started to have all that old panic and anxiety that artists have about feeling like you’re going to miss something, and then he just slowed down and he looked up at the sky, and he looked up and he said, “Excuse me, can you not see that I’m driving? If you’re serious about wanting to exist, come back and see me in the studio. I spend six hours a day there, you know where to find me, at my piano. Otherwise, go bother somebody else. Go bother Leonard Cohen.”
It’s important to take into account why you may be feeling like you’ve lost that spark. Perhaps you can clean up your room or house, move around a bit of your musical space, freshen it up with some flowers or something cozy. Use nature’s elements and try to write by the beach one evening, or light a candle or even a fireplace if you have one. You’d be amazed at how beneficial changing the energy in your space can be. This is similar to repotting your plants with soil. All living space needs to be refreshed and rejuvenated, as that is the cycle of evolution!
Don’t worry. Worry will be the Number One creative killer, while even when you think you’re doing well and trying oh so very hard, you’re actually doing yourself a disservice by overthinking. The more you worry and try to grasp on, the further it will float away. Let it be. Let it ebb and flow. It will come back to you if you don’t force a full squeeze of all your creative juices at once. Let them build back up naturally. Your future songs are already thanking you.