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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/m">Your Music and People</a>”:</div>
<h1>Restrictions will set you free.</h1>
<small>2008-04-29</small>
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	Someone says, “Write me a piece of music. Anything. No restrictions. Go!”
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	You’re stumped.
	It’s the blank page syndrome.
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	Instead, someone says, “Write me a piece of music using only a flute, ukulele, and this toy piano.  You can only use the notes D, E, and B.  It has to start quiet, get louder, then end quietly.  Go!”
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	Aha!
	Now that’s an inspiring challenge!
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	You can use this approach for business, too.
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	If you’re feeling stuck with marketing, give yourself restrictions.
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	Contact fifty fans using only personal emails — no mass-mailing.
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	Make a music video using only stock footage.
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	Give promotion a time-limit of just 15 minutes per day.
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	Spend a week only contacting people you’ve never contacted before.
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	Whenever you’re feeling uninspired or unmotivated, use creative restrictions to set you free.
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