I've recently embarked on an adventure with a friend of mine from forty years ago. We've not been in touch for more than thirty years, but through the magic of technology, we reconnected recently.
My friend Dave is a very gifted flautist, saxophone player and writer. He retired from the teaching profession a few years ago and like most musicians, is still involved in writing new songs and learning new technologies because they appear every day, practically every minute it seems!
Dave is using a virtual studio done either through an App or their website called SoundTrap.
SoundTrap is similar to other Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) in use including Studio One that I utilize on my desktop.
The difference is that it's an online studio rather than a stand alone DAW. You can send a nudge to another musician to join you in the studio for a virtual recording session any time.
At this point you're probably wondering what this has to do with the title of this post. Good question!
Having worked with numerous writers and musicians over the years, I've found there are some very basic similarities.
The first commonality is gifting. Every writer I've known had a gift for writing. This is what I call divine providence. God in His wisdom gives everyone gifts. This one I believe is a gift.
The second commonality is a creative drive. Musicians, writers, poets, and others HAVE to create! It is in their soul to produce something creative.
The third common attribute is the desire to hone their work product. It comes under the adage: If you want to do something well, it requires a little blood, sweat, and tears.
Lastly, each one of these craftsmen or craftswomen never think what they created is good enough. It can always be better. Sometimes it falls under the perfectionist trap, but that's another topic for another day.
This article is really a simplification of the creative process and how individuals execute it. Each person is going to go about things differently, but there are some commonalities as I've outlined.
Now I'm going to encourage you to get at creating some music yourself! You may never have a vast audience of listeners as some do. However, you can still enjoy creating something you can call your own!
* As a side note, there are other blog articles on this site that can help with becoming a better musician or writer.