How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #9

I have recently been doing a new daily activity where I would watch videos about the “inside tricks” to using a plugin or synth from my favorite DAW.

Once I got a general understanding of it, I would try to first mimic what the video was showing so that I could get a better grasp at the concepts. Then, I would go off on my own, using the momentum I got from becoming more proficient with the DAW’s tools since watching the video.

Conclusion being:

Sometimes, you may not know how to do something, and that could be the wall that is blocking you from creating that awesome piece of music you want to write. By doing research in a library, reading blogs, watching videos, or asking professionals, you gain more knowledge as well as confidence to take on your artistic pursuit!

Don’t ever be ashamed for not knowing; instead, be ashamed for not taking the steps to learn.

Use the momentum and excitement you gain when watching an instructional video to create your own – simply that!

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How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #8

Take a look a the artwork masterpieces of Jackson Pollock. Simple, yet visionary and revolutionary. And most of what he did was drip, splatter, and throw paint randomly on a canvas.

With a piece of sheet music, and paint brush, and some paint – do something similar to the art of Jackson Pollock. Be random with how you splatter the paint across the sheet music. Let it drip random drops.

After it dries, interpret you new score. What lines of contour do you see? What noteheads on the staves are there? Is there a rhythm and flow to it?

Musical inspiration can come from anywhere, including art.


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How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #7

When writing music or lyrics, people sometimes are afraid of putting something down – as if they expect the first thing they write to be perfect, so they are petrified to be anything less than that.

We as composers have this belief of this fake phenomenon of hit songwriters sitting down and instantly writing a hit. Let me tell you;

  1. It took them a LONG time to get up to that skill.
  2. If they did write a hit song, it was probably there only one.

So my tip to you, is to write something – even if it is bad (in that case you can reflect on what you wrote and learn from it) – everyday. Set yourself 10-minutes in the morning as soon as you wake up for a creative free-write.

Think of it like this, the more you wait for a “hit” to come to you, the more your song writing will get constipated. However, the more you continuously write, the easier it will be to get those creative ideas out of the body and into the world.

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How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #4

Here is another tip of finding inspiration and beating writer’s block – and it comes from a source of distraction, too!:


In this modern world, social media has taken over. While it can be argued that society has benefited from this advance in instant communication through technology, one could also propose a counterstance saying that social media has led to distraction, unfulfillment, anxiety, and more. But let’s safe that topic for outside of music.


Today, I will be discussing an opportunity for using social media as an inspiration that can be done as you are endlessly scrolling.
Start by taking a random tweet, Facebook status updates, or Instagram caption and find one of two things:

  1. A topic
  2. A small phrase

Concerning the first one – simply write a song that is about or tangent to the focus of the post. Nothing complex about that; and maybe too, the perspective of the person who wrote it could be the vision of the character in the song – or at least the mood of the piece in general. With the latter choice, pick s small phrase that stand out to you and make a repetitive motif out of it. The motif can be a symbolic representation of it, or it can be a directly related to the spoken rhythm & pitch contour of the phrase.
Experiment with both and see what you create.

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How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #3

This was taken as inspiration from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum down in Nashville, TN.

For this one, take photo clippings printed out online, from a newspaper, magazine. Try to get a variety, possibly of things you like and an equal quantity of things you dislike.

After that, place all the picture facedown, or mixed in a container. From there, randomly select three photos and turn them faceup to use.

Try incorporating those three images creatively somehow into the lyrics or general meaning of the piece of music you want to create.

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How To Beat Writer’s Block – Tip #2

Have a favorite jazz standard in mind that you like? Try writing a melody over it using the same chord progressions.

After that, erase from the paper and from your mind the original harmonies, and reharmonize the melody into something new and creative. You can even change the harmonic rhythm instead of just replacing each previous chord with a new one.

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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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