You Are So Busy Thinking You Can't Even Start

by Nikolozi Meladze

I've already posted two great excerpts from On Writing Well by William Zinsser that perfectly applies to music making: A Producer will Do Anything to Avoid the Act of Producing Music and Who Are You Making Music For? Here's another one:

Assume that you are the writer sitting down to write. You think your article must be of a certain length or it won't seem important. You think how august it will look in print. You think of all the people who will read it. You think that it must have the solid weight of authority. You think that its style must dazzle. No wonder you tighten; you are so busy thinking of your awesome responsibility to the finished article that you can't even start.

Translation:

Assume that you are the producer sitting down to make a track. You think your track must be of a certain length or it won't seem important. You think how august it will sound on radio. You think of all the people who will listen to it. You think that it must sound big. You think that its style must amaze. No wonder you tighten; you are so busy thinking of your awesome responsibility to the finished track that you can't even start.

I think all creatives must read that book. It's full of interesting realisations.