Writers block. Every writer has experienced it. That blank page staring you in the face. Mocking you.
Sometimes days go by, maybe even weeks without moving forward on that new song.
It seems as if you'll never be able to write anything ever again!
Eventually you're able to finish writing that song after a lot of frustration and lost time.
A lot of writers believe that's just part of the game. And that's where the trouble begins.
They expect it will happen, and of course it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
These tips can help you break out of writer's block, and prevent it from happening in the first place.
Freewriting is a technique I use all the time to clear my head and generate song ideas. The goal is to get something down on paper, good or bad, to get the creative juices flowing.
Taking a walk can really help if you're stuck. Perhaps the rhythm of walking puts our creative thoughts into forward motion.
Make sure you have a comfortable writing space. Nothing will distract you more than an aching back!
Try out a different writing space. If you always write at the kitchen table, try writing on the couch.
Try meditation and visualisation. Meditate to clear away the clutter in your head, then visualise yourself writing something you really love!
Start each session with a routine. Organise your working space, sharpen pencils, grab a nice cup of coffee. Whatever you need to do to get ready.
Relax. The more you worry about writing, the harder it becomes. You know how to write a song. You're good at what you do so take it easy!
Sometimes you may need to get away from your songwriting for a while.
Remember you were a human being before you were a songwriter. Go and do some people stuff.
Go to a movie. Hang out with your friends. Go hiking.
Or do as I did: Go fly a kite!
The more things you do away from your writing, the more you will have to write about.
Above all have faith in yourself and belief in what you do. Tell yourself again and again, "I am a Master Songwriter." Pretty soon you will start to believe it!