How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #1

Remember newspapers? Those things that you would get every morning and trust on accurate news coverage, but because it was a process to sit down an read an article, we’ve transcended into using whatever trending topic appears on our phone as reliable information?

Yeah, those newspapers.

Well, they don’t have to be a fossil anymore. To first installment of beating writer’s block is to take a news article headline and sing it. Craft a melody that would fit the words of the title – so make sure that it is relatively long in length, possibly a sentence.

Once a version is created, make a variation or a new version of a melody singing the headline. Along the way; be a little bit critical and make edits to they rhythm, flow, intervals, and contour of it.

Finally, erase the words you were using. Now, you can take the melody elsewhere and use it as an individual theme, or put new lyrics on top of it. Possibilities are endless!

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Author: Bryan M. Waring

Bryan Waring is a graduate of USM's School of Music with a B.M. in Performance – Composition and is now attending Belmont University for a M.M. in Commercial Media – Composition & Arranging. During his time at USM, he studied violin with Dino Liva and composition with Dr. Daniel Sonenberg, as well as has premiered several pieces during the semiannual Composer's Ensemble concert series. In 2017, Bryan was a writer for the original musical theater work of "Molded By The Flow," directed by Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. Outside of school, Bryan has been involved with writing music for videogame developers at Portland's CI2 Lab, collaborating with the King Tide Party, and studying with Larry Groupé (Straw Dogs) in San Diego. Now living in Nashville. Along with composing, Bryan teaches music to children, receiving the Master Teacher Award for his work at ESF Camps; and does audio engineering for live ensembles. Besides talents in music, Bryan is a team-player in any competitive work environment; equipped with skills in leadership, organization, mathematics, creativity, communication, and managing. On the side, Bryan has worked as a model for several skilled artists in the New England area. Among his other accomplishments include obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout in April 2013 with a project of building a side parking area with guide rails for Webb Mountain Park in Monroe, CT.

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