By: Lucas Horvath
A lot of songwriters go through what many call a “writer’s block;” where you can’t think of anything good to write. And many think that there is no way out of it. Well guess what, there is! Overcoming a slump is not as hard as you think. Believe me, once you read this blog, you’ll be hammering out hit song after hit song!
Going for a Walk:
A lot of people tend to think to hard about what to write about. Spending time on stress relieving activities like going for a walk around the block can clear your mind of any troubles. Get some fresh air and go find some ideas in the great outdoors! (Even if it’s two feet from your house.)
Call an Old Friend:
Sometimes you need to move backwards in order to go forward. When I’m having trouble. I visit my past by calling old childhood or high school buddies and chat over the phone or over a cup of joe. Reminiscing about good times or events that happened to you may lead to some words, or even lines, or even verses, or, dare I say it…new songs!
You don’t need to write a song immediately. You can keep a journal or a diary and write down random thoughts. I put up a journal entry on Snapchat almost every day. I talk about how my day was, what I encountered, what problems I may have, what goes on in my head, etc. It’s not necessarily writing, but it is documenting material that can easily be made a song. Actually, talking to yourself can give you answers too. Try talking to yourself in the shower or while making dinner and see if you can find any depth behind your words.
Stuff to not do:
Refusing to Write:
When your mind is blank, even if the words don’t make sense, write whatever words you can think of. Being lazy will make you worse! Write down a sentence that makes absolutely no sense, it is better than nothing. To put it vulgarly, use your pen and paper as a laxative for your constipated brain.
Guilty as charged. I suffer from this all the time. You are what you put your mind to. No one is going to feel sorry for someone with low self-esteem that wallows in self-pity. Put all of that frustration on paper even if it’s an angry letter to a friend. Just don’t send that letter now.
Do Not Make Excuses!:
“I can’t come in to work because of snow.” That excuse doesn’t fly in Minnesota, where I’m from. Never give reason for why you are in a rut. You can get out of it, but it starts with character and commitment.
I hope this advice will help you improve yourself, not just as a writer, but as a person too. Writer’s block affects your mentality far beyond the creative aspect, so try these tips and good luck writing!