7 WAYS TO OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK & WHY IT’S HAPPENING
1. YOU NEED MORE EXPERIENCE
I will tell you might story about how I overcame writers’ block. First of all, you need to understand the reason why it’s happening. It can be one or a couple. Usually one of the biggest reasons is a lack of experience. When I started making music I struggled a lot with finishing tracks on coming up with ideas for my music. But the more time I spend on doing the thing the better I got after time. The first couple of years are the toughest ones. You are not progressing that fast and your music might not sound as good as you want it to sound. When you understand the reason why it’s happening it becomes much easier. Just be prepared and keep in mind that sometimes you will face problems like that. If you are a beginner don’t worry too much. If you enjoy the process you will eventually achieve the desired results. But there’s no way around it if you don’t start doing things. If you gonna sit just because you have “writer’s” block you are not going to progress. I still sometimes feel like I can’t do music. But it’s not like writer’s block. Eventually, you will have much experience and knowledge about music production that you won’t have to think about while you are producing. This is how I could fix this problem for myself. And this is how you can do it too. Don’t push too much. But still, force yourself to do things. You just need more experience. Sometimes I remember these days when I felt like my music was bad, I can’t do anything, etc. But then I look at it now it’s funny. If I would have stopped I wouldn’t achieve anything.
1. YOUR ENERGY LEVEL IS TOO LOW
We have a limited amount of energy every day. And you are responsible for how you are spending that energy. Think of that as money. So you have 86400 seconds every day. How are you gonna spend them? Are you gonna make music? Or are you going to waste your time on Netflix, Youtube, memes, etc? Or maybe even arguing with someone on social media. All that takes your energy. Every negative thing will affect your productivity and your mind too. I don’t want to dive deep into spiritual stuff and esoterics but a tiny bit of that helps a lot. Focus on things that inspire you. Don’t read the news. Don’t waste your time and energy thinking about things you can’t change. They want your attention. Negative things always attract a lot. If you are going to spend your time on that you won’t have any energy to work on music. Get rid of everything that you feel is holding you back as much as you can. You will see the results immediately.
2. YOU’RE NOT WORKING OUT PROPERLY
We have to sit in front of the computer all day. Technology evolves faster than our bodies. We were not made to sit all day. We need to move. It can be as simple as walking every day for 1.5 hours or 6000-10000 steps. Ideally, you should lift weights 2-3 times a week. When I started working out my energy level increased significantly. And my brain started working better. I’m not even talking about bodybuilding. It shouldn’t be too heavy. Maybe more cardio-style weight lifting. I’m not your mom to tell you what do to. It’s your responsibility. If you are struggling with writers’ block or lack of energy and inspiration it means that something is wrong. Working out is one of the easiest ways to increase your energy level and productivity.
3. SLEEP WELL
I think everyone knows that. How well you sleep is dictating everything in your life. If you sleep 5 hours there’s a very small chance that you will be able to deal with everything. We have so many stress factors today and if you don’t give yourself time to rest you will burn out. Try sleeping at least 7 and ideally 8 hours. This will give you enough time to refill your energy levels and restore your body.
4. YOU HAVE TOO MANY DISTRACTING FACTORS
This is a very BIG problem today. With phones and social media, we can’t even concentrate on things. We’re constantly swiping and scrolling on social media for that dopamine and serotonin hit every time we get a like or something like that. I feel how hard it is to concentrate on things because of that. You need to focus. Here’s what I do: Delete social media from your phone. If you use it for work restrict yourself. Book a time in your calendar and use it only during these hours. When you are in the studio turn off your phone and put it somewhere where you don’t have quick access to it. Same for your laptop. No social media. No internet. No distracting things and other people who might bother you. Focus on music production AT LEAST 2 hours per day. You can learn how to play guitar in a year if you spend 6 hours. You can do it faster if you spend 8. If you spend just 1 it will take you years. The more you spend the faster you progress.
5. YOU NEED TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP
You need to force yourself even if you don’t want to. The first step is the hardest. But when you start this is when the magic happens. You just need 15-20 minutes for your brain to get used to that. After that, you will feel way better and you’ll enjoy the process. But if you don’t start there’s no way how you could progress. Don’t blame anything apart from yourself. It’s your responsibility to work on your music and achieving your dreams. Don’t be a victim. All the problems you have in your life are your problems. Not the government. Not your parents. I think you get the point. It may sound a little tough but you really need to understand that if you’re planning to go BIG.
6. PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
When I don’t feel like making music I just jam. I play 7 instruments and it’s a lot of fun! Sometimes I can play guitar. Sometimes flute. You don’t need to force yourself to produce music. But if you are in that environment you might get some ideas and inspiration. Don’t think too much. Just do it. Music should be fun. Treat it as a game. Just play and don’t think about anything. Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes you can hear a sound and it will turn into a track.
HOPE IT HELPS! DO YOU HAVE WRITERS’ BLOCK? HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT PROBLEM? LET’S TALK!