How have you been recently? These are turbulent times, to say the least. In conversations with friends and family, there is a frequent theme of aimlessness and concern about how to act and stay productive. I’ve been wondering, where do we go from here?
It can often be hard to focus on your creative output. Writer’s block can be a daunting prospect, often leading to extended periods of time waiting for inspiration to ‘strike’. Personally, I’m a great believer in turning up each day and getting to work in some form or another. Routine is a powerful tool and allowing yourself to build and benefit from the accumulative effect of daily creativity. I would even go as far as to say that routine is one of my main ways of ensuring that writer’s block never gets the better of me, it never really has an opening to fully take hold. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I never have a bad day in the studio, but I feel that my poorest sessions are still more fruitful than no session at all.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this recently, contemplating how I can put my own experiences and practices further out into the world hopefully benefiting some of you. The result, is Creativity Uninterrupted, a section of this website where I’ll be discussing creative practices, my approach to collaboration, sharing production tips, and giving insights into live performance.
So with this in mind, here is a task for this week. Every day, make time to sit at the desk in your studio, for at least one hour. Once you’re seated you have two options in front of you. Option one, get to work. Option two, look out the window. That’s it, those are the only options. If you choose to gaze out the window, eventually you’ll get bored, then what’s left? You get to work. Or, you could just get to work straight away.
Try it, for seven days. I’d love to hear how this exercise in establishing a routine worked out for you, even if the outcome was something far from a complete track. Perhaps it just yields a new way of thinking for you or a more relaxed state of mind. No matter how small, I guarantee that this exercise will deliver something that you can build on and once it does, I’ll be here so that we can expand on it together. I look forward to the journey with you.