Creativity Through Structure

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Have you been in a creative rut recently?

Trying to dig yourself out can be pretty difficult – sometimes it’s easier to just give up and work on something else. But that’s never as fun.

There’s a few ways to try and cure your creative woes, but I find that there’s one way that works most of the time.

Put up some barriers and structure.

Sound counter-intuitive? Here’s why it works:

Think about building a house. Before you can get creative with the interior, you need a sturdy, solid foundation and structure to work within.

An interior decorator doesn’t mind the structure they have to work within. I imagine they might wish they could move a few walls around from time to time, but they make do with what they’re given. And they can get some awesome results that way.

This same concept applies to music – even if you’re not thinking about it. Every time you sit down to write a song, you don’t reinvent the wheel. If you did, you’d have to go find a nice tree, chop it down, build a guitar, etc. – you get the picture.

You decide to create within the structure that has already been laid out. Now let’s apply this to being in a rut.

When you’re in a rut, you start thinking “I need to do something new – something so creative that it’ll propel me out of this rut.” But oftentimes, it’s actually the opposite that you need to do.

If you think about setting some structure up, you’ll be able to then work within those walls and be creative within them.

Here’s some ideas for setting up structure on the front end:

  • choose a specific organization of your song (verse, chorus, verse, etc.)
  • choose a rhyme scheme
  • choose a set pallet of musical instruments
  • choose a reference track to emulate

Start with some structure and you’ll be out of your rut in no time!