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    O.T. Writers block

    Any words of wisdom for when the creative juices seem to be drying up

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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    I don't know about wisdom...but I wrote two little short tutorials on this topic in the GPO forums:

    Here I list 10 then 10 more later in thread Hope it helps :

    Part 1
    "So what if some parts of life are a crap shoot? Get out there and shoot the crap." -- Neil Peart
    Hint:1.6180339887498948482 Φ

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    Thanks Brian , will give those tips some thought

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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    I say listen to some music, go to the beach, play a game, surf the net and listen to what others are doing. Essentially whatever you do, don't agonize in front of your computer!
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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    Yeah good advice people. Take a walk. Look at things around you until you feel good again. There's nothing that blocks you more than the anxiety that comes with, "oh my g--, I can't think of a bloody thing!" Yeah if you get to that point it's best to just take it outside.

    Or sometimes what I do is just doodle around on the keyboard maybe recording some stuff on the computer until one of those doodles sounds alright. Then I develop that.

    Jose

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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    Here's what I do:

    • Absinthe...very effective
    • Chartreuse...also very effective. Green better than Yellow.
    • Jam out on the piano
    • Reaktor, Reaktor, Reaktor
    • My across-the-street neighbor has perhaps the world's most amazing a**. If I can manage to catch her walking down the sidewalk, it is inspiration for days on end. Like the embodiment of a warm tropical breeze, or a perfect sunset.
    Oh wait, we were talking about music?

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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    Hahahahaha....

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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    If I had not been eyeball deep in deadlines, I was going to attend your wife's appearance here in Dallas, Lee, and tell her to give you a big smooch from me.

    Not that I am light in the loafers, mind you, but as a nice joke.

    I am very fond of sensation, as if one couldn't tell, haha. I was actually sorry to have missed her show. That church is only about five minutes from my house.

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    Cool Re: O.T. Writers block

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Blaske
    Jose, you don't happen to live across the street from Bruce, do you?

    Lee Blaske
    Now we're gettin' cheeky baby so cheeky.

    Jose

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    Re: O.T. Writers block

    Write long hand. (Score paper if you're talking about music instead of lyrics.)
    Change instruments.
    Take up a new instrument: Visit your local Rent a Harp store.
    Use someone else's instrument--someone else's piano if you play piano: Adjusting to it can make you slow down and listen to the timbre.
    Work somewhere new.
    Go to a concert.
    Get back to that damned piano. You think this is supposed to be fun?
    Go to bed earlier. Just tired?
    Hit single notes and sustain them, just listening to the timbre.
    Learn a song\piece.
    Work very early in the morning.
    Go to a concert.
    Random tossing together of things: choose two instruments at random and write a piece using only them. Guitar and cello. Choose three notes and using only them write a melody.
    Go to the music section of a library and just wander around to see what you find. (A serious way of making oneself find new things that google and card catalog searches won't, since they only give you the information you request.)
    Listen to music.
    Read composers notes\letters\bios.
    Change the keyboard set up so the notes you play aren't lined up as per usual.
    Enforced Silence--the old device that works: no music played or listened to, no television, no talking. No writing either. If prolonged for 6 months, contact your physcian.
    Go to Bruce Richardson's house and look out his window.
    Get back to that damned piano. You think this is supposed to be fun?

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