At 7/23/13 12:08 PM, Step wrote:
Writer's block is just horrible
I've tried everything. Taking a break, listening to music in the style I want to create, watching TV, sleeping, forcing myself to make something... It just won't go away.
Worst part is, writer's block doesn't just mean you can't make music, but it even makes you feel like crap. It's like I forgot how to make music or something.
I had songwriter's block for the last few weeks and finally broke out (thank you NGADM!). I'll say some stuff about how I did it. What I've found is the core problem is that I start approaching songwriting as "I want to write a great song" rather than "I want to enjoy the process of writing a song." As soon as I start thinking that I want to make something great, I start stressing out immediately that what I'm writing isn't as good as I want it to be.
So to break writers block, you have to remove the stress of wanting to make something great. There are a lot of ways to do this.
1. Write a song in a genre you've never tried before.
2. Restrict yourself somehow. Limit yourself to one VST, or only give yourself a small amount of time to write a song.
In both of those examples, you'll be able to destress because even if you write something bad you can say "well, it was in a genre I didn't know" or "I only had 2 hours to write that song."
Also, the benefits of caffeine and exercise can not be overstated. :D
Writer's block sucks man. I hope this helps.