There’s nothing worse than sitting down to work on music and staring at a blank page or screen. Writer’s block is the voice in your head that tells you not to write something down because it’s not good enough. It stems from perfectionism and insecurity and can feel like an insurmountable hurdle sometimes. Thankfully, there’s a cure. In this blog, we’ll share some of our favorite tips for breaking through writer’s block.
Beating writer’s block is easy—all you have to do is write something! How many times have you had an idea during a songwriting session but neglected to write it down because it wasn’t good enough? Not writing down an idea just makes writer’s block worse. Instead, give yourself space to brainstorm some ideas free from judgment.
Break your songwriting sessions into two parts: brainstorming and editing. Start by blocking out some time to come up with new ideas. Write down any ideas that come to mind, no matter how cheesy or corny they sound. This will encourage you to continue writing, instead of freezing until you think of something better. Next, review your work with a critical eye and look for opportunities to improve what you don’t like.
Many writers get caught up trying to beat a fictional version of a song that they’ve written in their head. But that song doesn’t actually exist. Instead, focus on writing the first version of the song and improving it until it’s as good as the version in your head.
Practice Makes Perfect
Songwriting is a skill, just like playing your instrument. Much like musicians who set aside time to practice scales every day, you should set aside some time to practice songwriting every day. Sure, it will be difficult at first, but consistently practicing is a great way to improve your chops………..
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