It was one of those crazy AH HA moments where I remembered that the inspiration behind creating something isn't the part that is daunting to me - but the work that goes into perfecting that inspiration is.
For example - let's go through the example of creating a song...
#1 + #2 - Hack out some guitar chords or lyrics. It really varies what comes first - the music or the words.
#3 - Try to practice it enough to record a version on my iphone.
#4 - Listen back to it to see what melodies I can move around or what parts are weak.
#5 - Play the song some more with revisions
#6 - Sit down and finalize/edit the lyrical content (also during steps #1 - #5)
#7 - Perform the song to perfect the vocals + musical parts in front of some people to get feedback.
#8 - Record some pre-production for it during which I have to sing, perform, edit and build midi instruments as well.
#9 - Listen to it a whole bunch and work through more changes / vocal harmonies.
#10 - Record a new more perfect version with all the vocal parts.
#11 - Take it to studio and record the pro version.
And then we make a music video most of the time - and then we have to promote it. Like, wow - I'm pretty sure I found the cause of my lack of writing lately. I know how much work goes into making a sort -of idea into something whole and good. Maybe I can use this epiphany to really start to work on not being afraid to really get down and dirty into songwriting again.
But maybe after I finish editing the video for the live version of Half a World Away...