Ever had WRitERs BloCK? Of course you have! Ideas are gone, you don’t have enough rhythm to talk-and-walk at the same time, you’ve got snow blindness from staring at a blank white screen or paper for hours on end. Well we know that eventually you’ll come out of it, and many times what will help is just getting away from writing anything at all for awhile. Get out and do things, spend time with friends and family, experience life, even indulge yourself.
Another great Writers Block Breaker is to take some time and read some good how-to books on songwriting. You’re never too old to learn new tricks, techniques and even structured formulas. We all like to be creatively original, but sometimes it’s better to conform to the tried and true. After all very few chart toppers break the rules. They follow the standard song structure guidelines and make use of popular verse-chorus-bridge type writing styles. Going back to the basics can go a long way toward getting your creative juices back on track.
Reading good books on songwriting will reinforce these skills, and instill the time tested songwriting rules in you again, and that might be just what you need to get back to your groove. So take some time off writing and try doing a little reading. You’ll refresh the old skills and pick up on a lot of new ones.
I’ve compiled a list of some good books that you can review (shown below) and you can also visit the Songwriters Marketplace Store for additional publications. Share your thoughts and ideas with others, make friends, maybe even strike up a collaboration with a community member! We know you have some great tunes waiting to find their way into the world, so do a little reading and prod them along. Happy & Successful Writing!