Writer’s Block Conquered!
Written by Alex ‘Excel’ Cruz
What happens when Carmelo Anthony, one of NBA’s best offensive scorers, isn’t making his jump shots on game night? He finds other ways to score by attacking the rim and making layups. You should take the same approach when it comes to writer’s block. What are other ways can you score when it comes to you being a creative person?
DO ANYTHING ELSE THAT’S CREATIVE!
Pick up some crayons… ok maybe not crayons… pick up a pencil and start drawing. Try painting. Become a child again and build with legos or blocks. The key is to keep your mind working creatively but away from music. Try this for a couple days, then go back to writing! Remember that your brain is a muscle and if your muscle continues to do the same type of work out, it stops working as hard. That’s why you have to attack the muscle from a different way.
Spend about 10-30 minutes every day just writing. You can write anything and it doesn’t have to make sense at the end of the day. Think of it as a warm up before the real exercise, or the shoot around before a game. There’s no real purpose to it besides warming up your brain. When you sit down and really write a song, words and ideas will come to you easier. Freewriting lyrics is what I call writers block lyrics because the outcome is such random lyrics, that when you do have writer’s block, you can go to your freewritings and pick lyrics from there to start off a new song.
Exercise! Take a jog or a run for 30 minutes. Do some stretches. The more physically relaxed you are, the more relaxed your brain is as well. An open and less tense brain will be able to think better when it comes to writers block. The less clutter there is in your brain, then the moreyour brain will be able to focus on the task at hand, which is how to overcome writer’s block!
FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE!
Write in a room without distractions. Get away from a room with a TV. Put your cell phone on airplane mode. Close your laptop and turn off Wi-Fi. The smallest distraction can make you lose focus on the task of a hand. Something that is supposed to take 30 minutes can turn into taking 2 hours instead and cause frustration. Frustration will lead to a tense brain, and as we discussed earlier, a tense brain does nothing for music writers block or rap writers block. Find yourself a quiet place, eliminate all distractions and start to write!
LEAD BY EXAMPLE!
Another great way to fight writer’s block is to make a reply to another artist’s song. It’ll give you an idea to go off of and a sense of direction. You can also start with two lines of lyrics from another song and let that jump start your ideas and juices. Sometimes a little inspiration can help you to write. There is nothing wrong with quoting some of the best song writers or rappers!
Test our steps, then share your new knowledge on how to overcome writer’s block… this is how we will improve the craft of music all around us! Do music good!
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