Sometimes I like to flip through lyrics jackets, and the way the stories unfold, the way the writers express their ideas really gets to me. It’s so much more colorful than simply saying “yea this is what happened”, I really have to stretch my imagination to think about what inspired them. It makes me think I’d really like to learn to start writing this way, it really makes life seem more energetic and romantic but I feel my brain has atrophied from so many years of school, I feel like I am stuck in my left brain and it’s boring!
So my question for you guys is: how do you shift gears into thinking in poetic terms? Especially if you feel trapped in an analytical mode of seeing things?
I think marijuana is one of the only few choices. I mean, I see what you are getting at and where you are coming from, but I think being high will give me the only reason to care enough to ponder why they thought the way they did. Otherwise, I wouldn’t really care, and be off in my own thoughts unaware of the feelings and inspirations of others.
Honestly, I don’t smoke often…but when I do, I think the best reasons too smoke are to get out of habits..”personality funks” that you fall into and get so comfortable in, you are almost to blind or rather “in the moment” to see a way out, or any other view point. I do enjoy Sativa strains to help me with that from time to time.
@searchingforthetruth, “Otherwise, I wouldn’t really care, and be off in my own thoughts unaware of the feelings and inspirations of others.”
It’s not so much that I want to know what they are saying for its own sake. It’s that I want to understand the poetic/lyrical creation mindset a little better so I can one day do it myself. Perhaps the ganj is worth a shot but idk, I was kind of hoping to avoid it. For one, I don’t want to depend on anything let alone weed to be a creator, and for two, I’m on an extended weed hiatus right now until I can focus better/really start to get on with my life.
@TheSkaFish, Actually, you are more right-brained just for thinking about it and saying it. Pause for realization. … … What’s with the weed again. :) It’s like weed produces talent. :D
Write about something, describe it with words that you feel are right, even if they hurt, mainly the words that you read and you can relate to, that touched you from other lyrics. And make them rhyme in a rhythm that you choose. Also, forget about rules. You’re the writer. You create the atmosphere, the expression through your “looking glass”, and it’s about an experience that you want to make, not someone else. And practice. Inspiration comes from everything if you just start. The stronger the emotions and phrases expressed, the powerful the message.
Why would you even feel trapped in some mind-state? The best way to stretch your imagination is if you’re not being hard on yourself. With no effort. Think simple. It’s your mind, not your biceps.