Sometimes people ask me how to write better, and I’m at a loss for words. I wonder: why do you want to write better? How do you define “to write better?” Better than what?
I’m not sure that I’m even qualified to give advice about writing to another writer, entrepreneur, artist, or a student. The question of – how to write better – hangs like a current waiting for a loop to be created so that the juices can flow again. (FYI – I don’t believe in writer’s block).
Searching for a spark of inspiration, flipped through the television channels one Sunday night and stumbled upon the music documentary “It Might Get Loud.” This film, made in 2008, is about exploring creativity from the point of view of three generations of rock icons: The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes).
What struck home was the reality that these guitar gods (who all started playing music when they were kids) have felt like idiots at one time or another when they’ve sat down to play or write a song and nothing comes out.
The solution, they say, is to keep at it.
Keep writing, playing, exploring, tinkering, thinking, listening, searching, and pushing the boundaries (of sound) to get to that place where everything suddenly becomes clear. Because they keep at it, they become a better musician, a better songwriter, and a better artist.
I’d also add one more thing to the list of writing better: Don’t hurry.
It’s funny how the answer to a question often materializes when you think you’re not seeking the answer.
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