How do you deal with writers block?

By Mark Sandman

There are almost as many approaches to songwriting as there are songwriters.  Some of us begin with lyrics, while others begin with a melody or chord progression.  Some consider songwriting a very personal form of expression while others enjoy the creative inspiration that comes from teaming up with others.

Some of us are very structured in how we approach songwriting, for example, setting aside a specific time each day to write, while others are very spontaneous, writing when the muse hits us.

Some of us are prolific writers, knocking out many songs and then deciding which are the keepers and casting aside the rest.  Others put their heart and soul into every song they write angsting over every word and note.  There’s no such thing as a throw away.

But one thing we all face at one time or another is writers block. Hopefully you can find some helpful ideas is this article, Songwriting and Writer’s Block: 11 Tips to Help the Songwriter Get Unstuck written by Michael Gallant for Disc Makers.

If you have your own tried and true way of dealing with writers block, please share insights using the comments field below.  That is, unless your stuck for words!

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