When you get inspired, by anything, you most likely want to act on it. I know for me, whenever I get inspired to write, for example, so many thoughts go running through my head. I visually write everything I want to say down in paragraph form and I even dot my I’s. There can be so many things you want to say and so many ways to say it that sometimes it all just stops. This has been a recent occurrence to me, where I have an amazing piece planned out in my head, word for word, detail for detail and then I start writing and poof; bye bye masterpiece. Another discouragement is all the distractions in the world that exist for the sole purpose of throwing off writers; at least that’s the way I see it.
Even now, as I’m writing this, I’ve been thrown off track a couple times. A paragraph started 20 minutes ago, should have been finished in 5, but the internet is a swell place. Also, it doesn’t help with all the cover stories and sports news I have to pass just to get to here. I digress, but my point remains; distractions and brain farts suck! (Yes, I can them brain farts) However, sometimes being distracted or otherwise not finishing a premeditated thought could work in your benefit. This has also happened to me a few times, where I’d come in with a set up in my head, get distracted, face palm because I know I shouldn’t of, then out of nowhere new ideas come to me, ideas that were ten times better than my original thought. So I guess what this means is thank you for distractions!
I also engineer and produce music, and distractions can also, once again, be good or bad, depending on how you view them. I’ll be setting everything up because I previously hummed a whole track, stock with exactly how I want the drums and snare to sound and even down to the instrumentation on my way home from work, then the inevitable; distractions. Distractions in this case mean any little type of music, be it someone humming, music from the TV, even just a kick pattern, all disastrous for me unfortunately. Anything but my sounds and my thoughts and my whole project suffers, quite noticeably at that. That’s a feeling you hate to get, the feeling that you started with something so good and unique sounding, knowing that it was better than anything you ever produced before, all to have it ruined in the middle.
On the other hand, sometimes distractions help immensely. I could be getting distracted and know it, so I go off and get some brain food; ice cream (sorry, no fish this time) and come back with a re-tweaked approach. Maybe that kick sounded good like that before, but now I think it should sound like this, maybe those piano keys don’t fit in the flow of the beat, or maybe this isn’t a good melody; scrap it and try again. Those are all real examples, and the latter happens probably more often then it should, but that’s just me; I’m a slight perfectionist.
I guess I’m trying to say distractions can be a blessing or it can be a curse. They can both help you and destroy what you thought you had in memory. What was once such a sure thing and sounded so good, even poetic, now sits at the bottom of the distraction ridden pit of failed ideas; (DRPFI for the layman!) But it can also bring to life, what was once conceived purely out of good intention, an otherwise horrid creation. And yes, I went there.