This piece came to me when I was trying to do my daily journal entry and had a bit of a mental block.
Today I am struggling for an idea. Could it be after doing this almost every week day since March (2014) and having filled well over 500 pages that I am running out of ideas?
I have ideas jotted down on sticky notes that I post inside my journal. I just reviewed them and not one idea really excited me.
I am trying to maintain that line between being disciplined to write every day and writing becoming a chore that is no fun and something I start to avoid.
I need to get myself back in tune with writing down thoughts that would make interesting posts. But these thoughts and subjects have to be honest not something contrived.
When I write poems or lyrics I have to make that happen. Writing and creating just doesn’t drop out of the sky.
The catalyst for the project or piece may just appear but I need to recognize its potential and then take that catalyst and make something tangible. I have to make it happen.
I am currently working on a set of lyrics but haven’t finished them.
The catalyst that started this set of lyrics was a thought that came to me while I was mowing my yard and listening to Joe Bonamassa.
There was one line that stuck in my head. “Joe Bonamassa won’t buy my Twin.” So I wrote it down.
You can go to my post titled “Joe Bonamassa – Buy My Twin” to see why I thought of that line.
I thought how can I use that phrase in a song?
I came up with a story where everything is going wrong for a guy and on top of all that Joe Bonamassa won’t buy his 1968 Fender Twin Reverb Amp.
The words don’t just flow out of my head to make the idea a tangible piece of work. I have to consciously make it happen. I have to think of the story, pull from my life and then put if all together, edit and re edit.
I have to make sure it’s not contrived, make sure it’s honest.
I can’t just say I going to write some lyrics or a poem or a story using Joe Bonamassa. It wouldn’t happen for me.
The catalyst was honest and out of my life experience (read the post Joe Bonamassa Buy My Twin). From that experience I can create an honest piece of work.
Well I guess my catalyst for today was my discipline of writing each day.
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