Writer’s block happens to everyone — even the most passionate songwriters. It can be the most frustrating thing being unable to create new songs because you're unable to think of new ideas, stuck on the same idea, or unable to move forward with the one you've already started — we totally get it.
Here are five different methods for breaking through your writer’s block:
Go exploring around your city and take in the surroundings. Songwriters can gain a lot of inspiration from their own communities and it’s a great way to work your brain muscles, so get to people-watching!
Take a break
Sometimes your mind just needs a rest. Read a book, watch a TV show, or spend some time with friends and then go back to writing.
Listen to your favorite musician/artist for inspiration! Sometimes a song can inspire a great idea or remind you of a time that you could write about. Don’t plagiarize or steal their melodies, of course, but do let your idols help you get your creative juices back!
Ask a friend
Sometimes we all just need a little help from our friends (pun intended). Reach out to your musician community and ask them if they’d like to collaborate, give you feedback, or even brainstorm ideas. Don’t forget to record any splits on your collaborations!
Try Writing Prompts
Writers and authors often use this technique to get the muddled ideas in their heads out and get to more creative, workable topics. Writing prompts are ideas for short stories that you can write about — whether true or not — and can help spark imagination for your next big hit.
Many of us at Songtrust are songwriters, musicians, and artists, who know the struggle of writer’s block and want to help. We’ve collected various writing prompts from our entire team and consolidated them here to help our songwriter community strategize, inspire, and motivate themselves into their next song. They may not be what your next single is actually all about, but we hope that these will help you get your ideas out and onto the page. Use them to push past that ‘wall’ into a more creative and imaginative space to write your next song.
Remember, above all else, don’t get frustrated if you can’t think of what to write about. Instead, find other solutions to solve this obstacle. Click here to download the Songtrust Writing Prompts and get back to songwriting.
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