It’s happened to you before: all of the sudden, you feel the urge to create. Whether it’s a blog post, a song, a piece of art, or otherwise, the creative juices have hit you full force. So how do you keep the momentum going until you have a finished product to share with the world?
I experienced a creative burst just last week. I was planning a new session of the early childhood music class I lead at my church, when for some reason it seemed like a good idea to write 9 new songs for it. No matter that it was five days away, and I was busy enough as it was.
The single most important step I took to maximize that burst of creativity was to write down my end goal immediately. That way, even when the jolt of inspiration started to wane, I’d have a plan in front of me.
So even though the songs weren’t written yet, I came up with titles and included them in the song packet I was putting together. Then I wrote the lyrics to the songs, which were included in the packet as well. Then I made copies of those packets, so that there was no going back. I was fully committed to writing those 9 new songs, whether I liked it or not!
Luckily, I was still feeling inspired when it came time to sit down and write the melodies and chords the next day. And the next day, when I spent hours recording instrumental tracks; and even at 11 pm that night, as I finished up recording vocals. Sure, I wasn’t as fired up at that point as I’d originally been, but I was looking forward to burning those completed CDs and experiencing that feeling of pride over my accomplishment.
And that’s the difference between letting a dose of inspiration take you where the wind blows and using it to map out a course of action. Because I took the time to do that first thing, I ended up with 9 new songs (which were a hit, by the way) for my class as well as 9 potential new blog post topics. Long live the creative burst!