What became abundantly clear in the writing process for this project was that I could actually write, almost, on cue. The result may not always be what one would expect, and the piece may not even be useful (a lot of stuff ended up on the cutting room floor), but the writing process was much more active rather than proactive.
In the past, my writing has – overall – been a process of allowing the muse to strike when she may, hoping I was open enough to capture something. I will probably always do that, but it seems like skills have developed over the years that allow me to create much more quickly and effectively without that trial and error process of waiting for the muse.
The only way that I can describe how I write these days is to compare myself to a sponge. I am a sponge. No doubt about that. I soak up everything around me, and then the results come out at a later time (sometimes much later). But with a little push, the way things come out can be tailored to what is needed for the present moment. Current writing tools: darbuka and softsynths – worlds apart.
I’ve always felt that my lyrical writing needed beefing up, so I immerse myself into poetry (knowing full well that music lyrics are not always poetry.) Reading Yeats and doing lots of web research. Watching “Law and Order” most nights. My usual tactics of free association and “waiting for the muse” were explored more fully on this project.