A friend of mine asked me what my process was for writing, and it took a herculean effort to describe what exactly that process consisted of. After stumbling through a convoluted dissertation in an attempt to explain how I practice my craft, I realized how abstract and lawless my approach is. I don’t set aside a specific time or regulate myself to meet a project “quota”. I just make sure that I take advantage of when inspiration strikes.
I’ve noticed that my working environment is most conducive to my production. The ease with which I write is circumstantial and arbitrary . Words and rhythms seem to readily manifest themselves when I’m in a lowly lit room of silence and solitude. The only sound I intermittently play is the beat. I usually start each writing session by listening to the instrumental I’m using several times, while humming or singing whatever melodies come in my head. Then I just write what flows. I put down whatever.
After letting my initial inspiration drain from my head, I refine and tweak what I’ve written down, and develop the concept of the song based on the lyrics and rhythm that comprise the rough draft. That process can take anywhere from a week to 6 months, because a lot of the time I’m working on several things at once. I may “finish” by getting several verses recorded, but some of the things I write don’t actually see the light of day; I use those certain creative moments exclusively as exercises or practice.
I don’t beat myself up over writer’s block or try to force ideas onto a page, because when I let my words flow naturally I end up with a better product. My unstructured approach helps me guarantee that everything I create is the best it can be, and as an artist that’s all you can ask for.
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