I am currently working on a novel about a young woman who is a child prodigy and a musical genius; it is in the style of an autobiography, so it is a fake autobiography. I won't go into too much detail about the plot but the thing is the character is a lot like me. The only difference is our families. The problem is we are both artists but in different fields--I am a visual, performing and fine artist and writer. My protagonist is a songwriter and musical artist. I am doing so much musical research. Sometimes it's fun, sometimes it's discouraging because I do not know how to play an instrument. I have a great appreciation for music--mostly classical, jazz and soul. I have read autobiographies of musicians that made music in the same genre as my character which is soul, jazz, and rock. I have interviewed friends that are musicians. I already like going to jazz performances; and I have listened to classical and jazz music paying much attention to tone, color, and studying the music sheets of music. The problem is, I can't play an instrument. It doesn't matter how much I engage in music, how deep I put myself into a musical mindset (or into the mind of a musician). I feel discouraged when writing the music scenes only because I can't play an instrument. Right now, I don't have the time to learn how to play an instrument nor can I afford one. So as for now, I am writing the scenes that don't require much description of the character performing. I am saving those for when I get more research. Right now I am connecting the creativity of my character as a musician with my creativity as an artist. Even though we both use different instruments to express our creativity (me: words, colors; her: instruments, sound), I am such a perfectionist and I really research and like to take on my characters. I really need some help and encouragement. Has anyone ever been in a situation like this?