10 Traits of the Creative Musician...

Courtesy of Bobby Owsinski

Here are some great tips that that have been floating around various blogs for a while about how to get creative and stay that way. 

Regardless of who created the list, it's still pretty good advice and something I wish I would refer to more often myself. Take a look:

1. The best way to get great ideas is to have lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.

2. Create ideas that are 15 minutes ahead of their time…not light years ahead.

3. Always look for a "second" right answer.

4. If at first you don’t succeed, take a break.

5. Write down or record your ideas before you forget them.

6. If everyone says that you are wrong, you are one step ahead. If everyone laughs at you, you’re two steps ahead.

7. The answer to your problem, “pre-exists.” You need to ask the correct questions to reveal the correct answer.

8. When you ask a 'dumb' question, you get a smart answer.

9. Never solve a problem from its original perspective.

10. Visualize your problem as solved before solving it. 

It's easy to let a creative block slow you down, but it doesn't have to. Even one of these ideas can get you those creative juices flowing again. 

Producer/engineer Bobby Owsinski is one of the best selling authors in the music industry with 23 books that are now staples in audio recording, music, and music business programs in colleges around the world, including The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Social Media Promotion for Musicians, Music 4.0: A Survival Guide for Making Music in the Internet Age.