“For someone with a continuous drive to create music, Lightbody was shocked to find himself suffering a crippling bout of writer’s block last year.” – Mark Savage, BBC News
There’s an article on BBC News about Snow Patrol’s new album Fallen Empires and singer/songwriter Gary Lightbody’s writing process. It’s fascinating to read as writer’s block is not something that’s talked about often, almost like it’s a harbinger of bad luck on the same level as mentioning Macbeth on stage.
It’s something that’s hit me like a truck more than once in both writing and musical terms, but I’ve been lucky. Since I’ve never been reliant on it for a steady income I can decide not to write for 2 or 3 months, even 2 or 3 years, and all I have to worry about is finding a new hobby to fill my spare time.
To have a career that relies on your own creativity is a whole new kind of pressure – you’re not writing just because you want to, you’re writing because you have to. The change to having a deadline to meet and other people to please is a shock to the system after years of only pleasing yourself. I experienced a little of this when I was a part-time freelance photographer and had to take wedding photos that not only met my own exacting standards but also provided a suitable reminder of the beautiful, fairytale event for the bride & groom.
As far as I can tell. the only solution to a lack of inspiration is just to work through it. It’s the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) approach – write for the sake of writing and focus on quantity rather then quality. Eventually you’ll hit on something that points you in the right direction like a sparkling, motivational gold seam.
“The best advice I got, and this sounds ridiculous, was ‘writers write’. Avoiding writing is the worst possible thing to do – but that’s what I was doing. I was too frightened to even pick a pen up. So writers write. Even though it sounds so prosaic, it’s absolutely true. You do it until it works, and that’s what I did.” – Gary Lightbody
Read the full article at BBC.co.uk