¿What is songwriter’s block?
Songwriter’s block or Writer’s block is often a nightmare for producers, songwriters, and artists in general. Virtually everyone experiences it occasionally. It is a condition mainly associated with musical composition and production in which the ability to create a new project or experience a lack of concentration in i is lost.
Sometimes most people confuse writer’s block with exhaustion. When you are exhausted, you get tired and completely lose the ability to continue the project, but when you are really experiencing this writer’s block situation, you still maintain the ability to work, but you simply lack concentration and the ability to continue with your project.
For example, as a composer, you may have the ability to write music but you can spend hours without accomplishing something convincing, and the problem might be where to start and how to end.
Also, a producer can find himself in the studio, right in front of the keyboard, and play many keys to end up discovering that only a meaningless sound is produced or probably a chord from a song he has produced long ago. At that time, you are not exhausted, you are simply experiencing writer’s block.
¿How to get rid of writer’s block?
Treating the problem from the root is very important. The main drawback is that for composers and producers, music has become a habit that doesn’t always require passion and inspiration.
We see it as our daily basis, so we simply dive into our study and do the job using our usual techniques, rather than applying our passion and inspiration on what we do to get the best result. Many don’t know that they are doing it wrong, but it is never too late.
¿What to do when you have writer’s block?
Here are some tips to overcome writer’s block:
1. CREATE A PLAYLIST WITH THE SONGS THAT INSPIRE YOU THE MOST
As composers or producers, music is what we need to get inspired, so one of the best ways to get inspired is through it.
We are used to worrying about as many things as the project in question, improving on what we do and we always want to create something new, making it easy to lose focus and purpose, especially why we make music.
It is important to look for our source of inspiration and emotion, since they are the only way to create good music. Make a playlist that inspires you. A collection with your favorite songs that you can’t stop remembering, that motivate you every time you listen to them.
2. AVOID BAD HABITS
When you experience creative blocking, it is important to break some habits. You can try to change the way you start to compose, reorganize the studio or change work schedules.
If you make music in the morning, sleep in the afternoon and play sports at night, you can rotate that routine. Play sports in the morning and make music at night after resting in the afternoon, where you can find time to relax by reading a book or watching TV.
Just do something different to regain the passion, inspiration and confidence that you lack when you’re locked out. Sometimes the simplest is the most effective.
Taking a break to check your social media, take a coffee or just chatting with someone are sometimes the most effective options to get ideas flowing again.
3. TRY NEW TOOLS
Technology offers many great tools and ideas that will help you spark your creativity. Most DAWs have a built-in sound library or digital samplers with which to build new melodies or rhythms to inspire you.
If you’re used to playing an instrument, composing on top of these melodies or rhythms can be a great way to get ideas flowing again.
If you are more used to smartphones, there are many applications that can also serve as a guide.
Some good options are ROLI’s Noise, Propellerhead’s Figure and, of course, a classic like Apple’s Garageband. Figure for example costs €0.99, but the others are free and in addition to helping you keep the ideas flowing, they are very fun to use.
Remember not to confuse writer’s block with fatigue. Good habits when it comes to resting are essential for your brain to perform fully when composing.
4. COLLAB WITH OTHER ARTISTS
There’s nothing like teaming up with another producer or songwriter to bring up fresh and quick ideas again. Even if you feel unable to compose something interesting or are having a hard time advancing through a project, finding a place to collaborate with another artist can solve both problems.
Another very important aspect is that the person you choose to work with brings positive energy to you. Try to avoid people that only contributes with bad vibes. It always has to be a healthy exchange of ideas, without egos or demands.
5. CHANGE YOUR POINT OF VIEW
The point of view we choose when composing our songs has a great impact on the role we play as producers or composers.
If you usually write in first person, you are an active part of the storytelling process. The lyrics are about how you feel and the things that are happening to you.
Songs in second person have a more inclusive feeling. Many protest songs are written in second person.
The third person allows you to stay away from the narration and tell the story of another person, which gives you many options that do not exist in the first or second person.
Writing too much in the first, second, or third person can be exhausting and quickly run out of ideas. Review your songs and see if you are using one point of view more than the others, then try writing from the one you use the least.