Songwriters Worst Enemy: Writer’s Block - How To Overcome It

Many people claim that they have the magic cure for writer’s block. In truth, they can all work. There is no one solution to writer’s block, but that does not mean that there is no way to deal with the problem.

Writer’s Block Happens to Everyone

No matter who you are, all songwriters face writer’s block at some point. It is an inevitable aspect of the business. Writer’s block does not care if you are a beginner just learning the craft, or if you are a seasoned veteran of the business, writer’s block can still hit you. It can be frustrating, knowing that you have the abilities, and you have the drive, but the words just are not coming.


Many people claim that they have the magic cure for writer’s block. In truth, they can all work. There is no one solution to writer’s block, but that does not mean that there is no way to deal with the problem. There are ways that all writers can move beyond their writer’s block, and find ways to connect the words and the drive within themselves. In this article, we offer you 3 tips to overcome your writer’s block, and get back into your groove of writing high quality music. Some of the biggest names in writing have followed these same tips to exceptional results, and they will work for you too.



  • Do Something Else Creative

When we write songs, we often find ourselves thinking and doing nothing else in our lives. We are consumed by words, and how to add them to melodies, and it overwhelms our brains. We need to give our brains a break from writing in order to reset the inspiration and imagination that allows us to write quality music.  Taking a break and doing something creative, but that is not writing, will help you find the inspiration you are lacking. You can paint, read a book, work on Photoshop, build something, anything that keeps your mind occupied on something that is not writing but is still creative.


  • Work Out

One of the best ways to loosen the hold writer’s block has on your mind is to use exercise. Doing something as simply as walking down the street, or doing ten-minute yoga has been proven to dramatically affect the brain’s ability to make the connections necessary for writing songs. You are still thinking in the subconscious of your mind, solving the problems that your conscious mind cannot solve, while at the same time focusing on the movements you are doing. This will greatly help you refresh your mind, and get you back into the creative place you need to be.


  • Free Writing

If you cannot string the words together in a coherent way, why not try to just write down all of the words in your mind? Take a blank piece of paper and give yourself ten to fifteen minutes to write down everything that you can think of, anywhere in the paper. Add doodles and lines if you need to, just follow your gut instinct and do not think about it. Once the time is over, look at what you have written. Your subconscious may have already solved the problem for you without your realizing it, and free writing can bring it out of you.

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