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There is so much to learn about how to abolish writer's block, to connect to the CP, and enjoying the artistic life without frustration because the development of a great idea is elusive. It's fantastic how kids can play for hours and stream creativity with or without friends. Somewhere along the trail of being human we lose some of the ease with which ideas flow. But, kids are all born with this ability and it is magnificent to watch and listen to the way they play. Artist struggle on so many levels and the kid in us gets serious and busy figuring out problems and obligations that naturally occur as we get older. How about survival? Survival can be enough to distract many of the great artist from creating. I believe one of the biggest road blocks for composer's is caring about what other people think. There is a tendency to be insecure when a composer puts forth a new piece of music for all to experience, listen to and of course critique. I believe that this insecurity begins with the term, "My Music". When I hear someone say, "did you listen to my music?", I usually spend a moment wondering why they want me to listen to their music. The objection is all in the term "My Music". Can we really own music as the term implies? I am not talking about a CD or the publishing. What this simple blog post is addressing is ownership of the creativity that produced the composition. Ownership of creativity is what creates our artistic problems like writer's block and frustration when there is criticism. Because we own it the critique is taken personally because after all, it's ours! The Creative Pool is vast, infinite and is alway available to everyone who knows how to connect and receive the ideas. This is to some degree a philosophy where the artist is the receiver, like a radio, so the more the receiver is tuned in the more the artist will receive. If the CP is infinite then so is creativity, therefore the tuned in artist need not ever experience writer's block. 

I look forward to any thoughts my brothers/sisters might have. 

Best always,

Thomas Chase Jones

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Comment by Socrates Arvanitakis on May 7, 2019 at 7:39pm

Like Gav, I am not sure what the question(s) is. I cannot agree that "what other people think" is one of the biggest road blocks. To me it is part and parcel of the whole affair and I'm rather grateful for it, if I claim that I don’t write just for myself but for other people also. Unless I don’t understand at all, I also don’t have any problem with calling my music, "my music". Who else's is it if not mine? That is, in its original state, before anyone else knows about it. When I make it known to others, questions of ownership of course will ensue. There we can have different opinions, copyright law debates, etc.

A good solution perhaps would be to completely abolish copyright law everywhere and live happy afterwards.

Comment by Stephen Lines on May 7, 2019 at 8:33am

The Creative Pool is vast, infinite and is alway available to everyone who knows how to connect and receive the ideas. This is to some degree a philosophy where the artist is the receiver, like a radio, so the more the receiver is tuned in the more the artist will receive. If the CP is infinite then so is creativity, therefore the tuned in artist need not ever experience writer's block.

I couldn't agree more about the artist being the receiver - the more one listens the more one receives, even if it's only sub-consciously some of it is bound to stick. How individuals process and allow these influences to evolve is what makes for originality however.

I can't comment on the causes of 'writer's block' - with me it just comes and goes of its own accord - but I do find deadlines are an aid to creativity.

Comment by Gav Brown on April 13, 2019 at 1:19pm

Hi Thomas,

Not sure what the question is here. Are you seeking ideas of how to avoid feeling creatively blocked or how to get out of it?

Gav

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