We’ve all at some point of time dealt with the frustrations of writers block. You’re excited about finally getting to work on your new song only to be greeted by absolute nothingness. In this article I will shed light on a few things you could do that may liberate you from this artistic stronghold.
Have you ever wondered what prompted you to write in the first place? Was it inspiration? How about desperation or even frustration? Music is all about feelings and emotions and often times that is exactly what causes us to express ourselves. But what if our emotions are completely flat, can we still create something that moves others emotionally? I personally believe so! But I will take it a step further.
The thing about emotions is they’re temporary feelings which also means that just because you have a lack of emotions doesn’t mean that their aren’t things you can do to invoke emotions. In order to invoke emotions it helps to be aware of the things that make you tick. How do you feel when you’re around nature? Do you have a favorite movie or song that moves you every time? Is their an activity that brings you great pleasure such as playing sports or going fishing? How about a favorite joke from a comedian of choice?
The idea I’m presenting to you is to partake in some type of experience that will affect you emotionally in some capacity. Whenever I’m at a loss for ideas I can usually get around that hurdle by simply submerging myself in things that inspire me. For example if I’m trying to work on a new beat and am shooting blanks I start listening to music that inspires me or I watch a good documentary about music, works every time! But that’s specific to me and you will want to find what works specifically for you.
I’ve also learned that a change of environment can do wonders as well. Often times environments can have a dramatic effect on you emotionally. I find that I’m usually most productive when I write at a coffee shop or a library. Sometimes working from home can be a little too cozy and cause me to be lax at times. I also enjoying putting on headphones and writing somewhere that’s surrounded by nature.
Another thing you might want to consider doing is cutting out any distractions. Cut off all your phone notifications or better yet cut the whole thing of completely! It’s okay to unplug from the hustle and bustle of the world and be unavailable at times. Just cutting the phone off and staying off social media for extended periods of time has done wonders for me! Find you a place of solitude and take advantage.
How Did I Do?
I hope this article gave you some ideas of ways that you can break free from writers block. Sometimes the answer is simply to walk away from it for a moment and allow all the wonderful things that surround you to speak to you. If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you so make sure you drop your 2 cents in the comments section below!
Excellent 🙂 will try this. As I’m always writing among chaos and shouting which can help with angry verses but not all 🙂
Hey Darren, I’m glad you enjoyed this article! Yeah you’re exactly right a bout that! lol I hope you can find you a happy place to provide contrast with the angry verses. 🙂 Keep up the great work bro and thanks for the feedback!
I sort of can not go places to write. Reason? I’m only 15 and can’t drive. Plus I live like 15 min from the nearest coffee shop (30 minute walking distance).
Hey Hunter, thanks for reading and commenting! I understand what you mean bro. You will be able to drive before you know it! Until then try to find a place that is peaceful for you even if it’s your room and listen and watch things that inspire you 🙂
Hey Hunter. I’ve had long walks that have been inspiring. Perhaps try taking that 30 minute walk with just your thoughts and see if any lines or ideas come to you.
Well, I believe these are factors in the writing process but I think we get to a point where the ideas stop flowing. I stumbled on a great tool when writing. 1….write with a rhyme in mind…2….find the link to a word…3…write the opposite back and forth…4……word play….so I’ve been using this tool and it’s working for my writers block!….
Hey Wild Child, Thanks for reading and commenting. Those are great tips as well. There is quite a bit of techniques to get you out of a funk and the more of them we have the better 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your insight!
I only come up with stuff when I’m asleep. The period of time I have between being asleep and being fully awake, when I’m still half asleep. If I don’t write it down I forget it. Ever heard of this? Crazy I know.
Yeah I’ve had that happen to me. Nothing in rhyme form but I have gotten creative ideas from sleep. Gotta sleep with the notepad by our beds so we don’t miss nothing 🙂
Hey Brother a good majority of my songs were written at work or from the news. I’ve always been a visual writer, so lyrics would come to me when I’m outside or also reading.
Hey Garry, that’s pretty cool man and I think that’s a good thing would you being effected by visuals so much because we are basically painting pictures with our words when we write. Keep up the great work bro! 🙂
Hlo Bro….when i sit for writing rap,My mind gotta blank nd it’s all feel like that I hve nthing to explian.I know for what to rap but i don’t know How to convert My thinking way in a Poetic or rhythmic way….please tell me what should i do…?
If you’re having issues on how to write an entire song that tells a story or is expressed a thought all the way through then check out my article on How To Write A Rap Song and use the storyboard and brainstorming technique.
If you’re having difficulties with saying your words two a rhythm then you need to first come up with cadences that match the beat well and then you need to translate your cadences into lyrics
I hope this helps 🙂 – Cole Mize