There have been quite a few posts lately on creativity and people’s idea of it, ways of harnessing/cultivating it, etc. Here’s my personal, subjective take on it:
For me, ideas are born from a spirtually quiet place that quite often is brought on by music and almost always when I’m alone. When the ideation starts flowing, it doesn’t stop until I get it out of my head – either on paper, computer or recorded.
But I don’t create product from that same place. The act of taking that spark and putting it into a concrete piece of writing or music seems to come from a more technical part of my brain that has access to the memory of the creation and only limited access to the creative part from where the idea originated. The technical part cannot work alone and cannot initiate. It has to be stimultaed from an idea generated from the surreal, blue cloud of spiritual inspiration.
I have found the best recipe is to not have a recipe.
For writing music, if I pick up the guitar or sit down at the piano for the specific purpose of creating something, it doesn’t work. A formula, to me, involves thinking through the process too much. Again, this is very subjective and my own personal methodology to add to the mix. Differences are to be expected.