Ironically I’m stuck right now on how to get started and make a clever intro…uhhh. Ok, I got it.
Did you hear about the fire at the circus? It was in tents!
Ok, not the greatest intro ever but at least it got me started and now I’m rolling! If you’re anything like me, then getting started is the hardest part about writing, and that includes lyrics. We’ve all been there. Your brain is in deep-freeze hibernation. Can’t think of a concept or that next great line. Flip-flopping on which direction you want your story to go. So I’ve decided to share my own personal secrets on how I blow up my writers block.
Here are five ways to help you get past writer’s block:
- Write about someone else’s experiences: Most people feel that they have to write about their own experiences only, but that can easily lead to a lack of imagination and a loss of creativity. A basic trend for people in this category fit into what I like to call the three-album phases: 1) Trying to make it/ The come up/ Hard knock life. 2) I’m rich!/ Success/ Fame and Fortune. 3) Retirement/ Nothing. You are a storyteller. It’s ok to write about the lives of others, whether they be fictional or real.
- Write the hooks/chorus first and come back later: There’s no need to finish a song in one sitting. Instead of wasting your time trying to find the fit for one beat, shoot off a dozen hooks and choruses and come back later.
- Listen to different things: Sometimes hearing one line or a different tune can jump-start your creative juices. Using new inspirations can create an entirely new thread of thought.
- Take a Break: Your brain, like any other part of your body, needs rest. Take this time to reboot and relax, otherwise you’re forcing lyrics that you will not want later on.
- Bounce ideas off other people: While you may feel awkward and nervous about sharing a work-in-progress, another pair of ears and eyes can really help out. A new, fresh perspective can offer the missing piece to many songs. Some people obviously didn’t get help.
So, there you have it. I have just revealed the secrets of the most successful artists of all time, from Jay-Z to The Rolling Stones to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
But this is my method, what do you guys use to help get yourself over a writing hump?