So, recently I've been having a little bit of writer's block when it comes to all things music related. My band's in the process of finalizing our EP tracks for recording, I've been working on a few orchestral scores in my spare time over the last year and I've been writing lyrics forever. Recently I've been pressed for time and have hit a wall when it comes to writing creatively. I'll sit down with all my equipment plugged in and turned on, and spend the very little time I have to write messing around and feeling like I'm not accomplishing anything when my free time's up. So, my thoughts are to start a little project I'm calling 20 a day.
My plan is to write a 20 second short piece a day, five days a week. I'm allowing myself to spend up to an hour on it a day, and possibly longer if I have more time carved out. To flex my creative muscle I'm planning on starting out very freeform, and move to a "challenge day" a week or more where I challenge myself by maybe writing with a specific genre as the focus, maybe utilize only specific instruments, or maybe even to do a whole song on a day that I've got plenty of time to work on music. The deadline of either an hour writing or a 20 second song will be VERY strict each day so that whatever I'm working on won't hang in what us software developers call "project hell" where it's an ongoing process of revisions with no real release ever coming. I'm planning on publishing each day's work on Soundcloud and possibly Youtube each day. Some weeks might be a little busier than others so it may not be 5 days a week, but I'd like to make sure I do it as often as possible. Hopefully as an end result I'll have jumpstarted my creative process again and will have managed to get some interesting ideas down to incorporate into future songs.
I'm planning on starting Monday if everything goes according to plan. Hopefully this will kickstart my inspiration again, and I encourage you to use similar ideas to help with your creative process. Has anyone ever tried something like this, with any cool results? I'm curious to see if any fellow RT users have tried similar ideas and have some cool stuff to show for it, whether ti be art, music, literature, etc.! I know personally I love reading knives_kill's write everyday journals. They're usually very witty and make for a short but entertaining read.