This may sound crazy, but stay with me.
Songwriter’s block is an excuse us songwriters use when we can’t find “inspiration”. Staring at a blank page is intimidating. If it stays blank, it can be downright demoralizing. You may think the problem is that you can’t think of what to write. This isn’t quite true though.
Your page is only blank because it doesn’t have any words on it. So, write something, literally anything at all! This may sound like an oversimplification, but it makes a big difference. You haven’t written anything because you’re stopping yourself from writing. You’re a writer, after all, so write! What’s great about writing is that you can edit. If it all sucks, throw it away. At least you wrote something. And chances are, it might not be as bad as you thought it would be.
We judge ourselves before we even begin. We set the bar so high, even a giant couldn’t reach it. Worst of all, we compare ourselves to these “giants”. We expect our first draft to sound like our favorite writers. No wonder the page stays blank. That is a ridiculous expectation and will destroy your creativity!
Everyone has heard those stories about songs that “came in a dream“, and it turns out to be a big hit. Even if that did happen, it’s a rare, miraculous occurrence. You can’t plan for those sorts of moments. There is no ideal environment you can create that springs forth magical writing.
What you can do, is write. Write anything! Something is better than nothing. Writing is not only creative, it’s a skill that takes practice. If you’re waiting around for inspiration, but not writing, how can you expect to improve? Songwriter’s block is only a lie you tell yourself because you are judging your writing before you even begin.
This is where the idea of writing terrible songs comes in. If you “can’t” write a good song, then write a bad one! Set your expectations low from the beginning. That way, you won’t have all this silly, self-induced pressure holding you back. If you’re unwilling to try it, it may be your own pride that’s hurting you.
Stop expecting yourself to be God’s gift to songwriting. This insane expectation about a baby song is so counter productive. Be honest with yourself, and set the bar low. If that idea makes you feel “icky”, then that means your pride needs checked. Forget your “artistic integrity” or whatever silly thing you call it. If it’s hard for you to do, then you need this advice most of all.
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