KEEP THE PROCESS WEIRD
If you’ve read a handful
of our blog posts or attended a few gls classes, you’ve probably already heard me talk on the topic of “keeping the process weird.” But if you haven’t, I want to share one of my favorite quotes on the subject from one of my personal heroes:
you’ve probably already heard me talk on the topic of “keeping the process weird.” But if you haven’t, I want to share one of my favorite quotes on the subject from one of my personal heroes:
When we find ourselves stuck in the creative process, it’s most likely because of something we’re not willing to face. We may be afraid of ruining a decent start to a piece, we might be frozen with indecision, we might come up against a limitation in ourselves that wants for expansion.
And so, one quick tip for today that can help you break through a stuck spot in your creative process and shine a light on some shadow resistance is to try introducing some element of chance.
There are literally unlimited ways to do this, but to give an example, take one word in a lyric that you wish to replace and go to
https://randomwordgenerator.com and use the first word that comes up. Find a creative way to adjust the melody, scansion or meaning to make it fit if it doesn’t immediately. The weirder the better.
Now do the exercise 2 more times and pick your favorite version. Weirder: pick your least favorite version.
Try what I call the ” Ghostbusters exercise:” Clear your mind, sit in stillness observing your breath and try to keep your mind blank. As soon as the first thought arises, you must use it in the next line of your song. It, now, is the nemesis you must face at the end of your own Ghostbusters movie.
And while we’re sharing tips and honoring your most authentic, creative self, I want to share another quick tip from the amazing Rachel Spencer Hewitt, a guest instructor at gls:
“The most effective way to cut through the noise is to show yourself authentically without apology. The authenticity helps others know who we are, asks us to know ourselves, and without apology leads others to trust the vulnerability of us in that moment. Leaning into who we are with joy is one of the healthiest ways to attract others – because they’re drawn to someone true – drawn to the real you.”
I dig you. Thanks for being the most authentic you that ever could be.
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