As a musician, there are times when you may feel stuck, uninspired, or just simply unable to create new music. This is what’s commonly known as “writer’s block.” It can be frustrating and discouraging, but it’s a common experience for artists of all levels.
You are not alone when you experience writer’s block. Luckily, there are many ways to overcome writer’s block and get back to creating music. Here are 20 strategies to help you break through your creative blocks when writing or making music:
- Take a break: Step away from your music for a little while and do something different to clear your mind.
- Change your environment: If you usually write in your home studio, try writing outside, in a different room, in a different studio (use the Stufinder App to find a recording studio in our area), in a car or somewhere different than the usual.
- Try to learn a new instrument: Experiment with a new instrument or technique to spark some fresh ideas.
- Listen to different genres: Listen to music outside of your usual genre to expose yourself to new sounds and ideas.
- Collaborate with other musicians: Collaborating with other musicians can help you gain new perspectives and ideas.
- Set small goals: Instead of trying to write a full song, set small goals like writing a melody or chord progression.
- Freestyle: Allow yourself to just jam and make sounds without any pressure to create a full song.
- Journal! Write down your thoughts: Keep a journal and write down any thoughts or ideas that come to mind.
- Limit distractions: Eliminate any distractions like social media or email to focus solely on creating original work.
- Take a walk or experience a new activity: A change of scenery and fresh air or doing a new activity can help to clear your mind and spark new ideas.
- Experiment with different tempos: Changing the tempo can lead to new rhythms and ideas. You can use our Tempo Tapper to find the tempo of any song.
- Take on a challenge: Set a challenge for yourself, like writing a song in an unusual time signature or while in an ice bath. Something exciting…
- Watch a movie or read a book: Stories from different films and books can inspire new ideas.
- Work on a cover song: Working on a cover song can help to spark creativity and give you a new perspective.
- Use visual aids: Use visual aids like mood boards or photographs to help inspire your music.
- Play your instrument for fun: Play your instrument just for fun, without any pressure to create.
- Write with a specific audience in mind: Write music that you think your specific audience would enjoy.
- Draw inspiration from your personal life: Write about personal experiences or emotions that you’ve felt.
- Seek feedback: Share your work with others and seek feedback to help improve your music.
- Remember why you love music: Reconnect with your passion for music and remind yourself why you started creating in the first place.
Writer’s block can be a frustrating experience, but it’s important to remember that it’s a common part of the creative process. By trying different strategies and experimenting with new ideas, you can overcome your creative blocks and continue to create music that you’re proud of. Don’t be afraid to try new things and seek inspiration from the world around you. With persistence and dedication, you’ll be able to break through your creative blocks and continue to create music that inspires and moves others.
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