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Inspiration is one of the most difficult things to write about–like anything creative–because there is very little consensus about what the word symbolises. It’s easy to talk about it casually, because we agree to same generalities, but if I use the same language on myself constantly I’m likely to get frustrated with lack of direction.

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the Basic Idea, 003: Write Music with a Bathroom Fan

Most people are a blend of two extremes when songwriting. On one end is the objective, writers who fit pieces together like Lego, and subjective at the other, people driven by expression. One of the common issues shared by both extremes is how to start something new?*

The blank page can feel as daunting as a mirror. In the absence of anything to ally yourself to it’s easy to get caught up in your expectations and frustrations. Especially since our minds and emotions seem to outrun our hands most of the time.

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The Basic Idea, 002: Sandwiches

Do I need to invent a sandwich or improve the sandwich? Those are two questions I use to help me focus my thinking at the start of a project or when I’m at some crossroads. Inventing* a sandwich is about two perspectives. On one side it’s a good way to get less...

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The Basic Idea, 001: Premise

I’m drawn to write now. What I am asked the most is: how do I make so much work? Here is the short answer: I make time for it. But that’s not a very good answer because, even if that’s essentially true, just making time for creativity doesn’t guarantee anything. And...

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11/1: A.J. Bond

I’m sending 23 questions to artists, designers and musicians and asking them to answer 11. I think these questions give revealing answers, especially regarding creative work.

A.J. Bond is a film maker, writer, and producer. He lives and works in Toronto.

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