My writing life has always been typified to some degree by bursts of creativity, followed by a lull of relative quiet. I am referring mostly to my purely creative efforts (songwriting and arranging), rather than the mountain of writing that I did on assignment (jingles and TV music). In those cases, I wrote because I was being paid to write, whether I felt particularly creative or not. (There is nothing like the pressure of a broadcast deadline to get the creative juices flowing.) But these days, most of my writing is because I “want to” – not because I “have to.” (Trust me, I still need to write for financial reasons – but I don’t feel so much pressure as I have in the past to kick out a song or a seasonal choral work just for the money.)
Lately, I have been in one of those creative bursts. It has lasted for at least six months, perhaps closer to a year. In that time, I have written songs (very good songs, I think), a handful of traditional choral pieces, re-wrote a musical from my past (Actually, I am still doing that.), written two versions of a rhyming children’s book for Christmas, written several “spec” scripts for a children’s TV product (which has not materialized – but I still did the writing), and edited my songwriting book (more about that in another post). I love these times – when the creative side of my brain is in charge of my days.
As my creative bursts go, this a pretty long one. Maybe it’s been several shorter bursts – all very close to one another. Still, I’m wondering if the reason for this stretch of creativity lies in the variety of the work I’ve done. I’ve worked on wide range of projects – and that has perhaps kept me in the game longer than usual.
Whatever the reason – I’m grateful. I like the manic creative times. I know the quiet lulls that come in between are probably necessary – to recharge and renew. But the creative periods are exciting.