Writers block? Writers block you say? If you've been staring at beautiful blank "Document 1" for more than 10 hours than that's what you've probably got. If your lyrics consist of "I love you, I don't know what to do, I know it's true, I'm going to cry soon", then you are either
A) Infected with a the clich virus. B) Boring? Well okay no, maybe you've run out of things to say.
I have extreme writers block. I haven't written a song in... a week! Maybe I'm not the best person to tell you how to get over it. However, that is exactly the point. By writing this, maybe I'll feel much better.
01. Don't say "I have writers block."
So yes, I'm a hypocrite, but if you say this, your getting yourself more worried, your going to make it harder for yourself. Instead say "I don't have an idea right now, but I am going to. Just be positive.
02. Get rid of your inner critic.
If you write something, don't say "that's absolute crap," and then rub it out. Write it anyway. Even if its just a verse, or a line, then aren't you getting back into the swing of things? Even if it is crap, you're still practising.
03. "Combine your inner motivation with outer observation."
I can't remember who said this, but I think it was in "Songwriting For Dummies" (great book...), but if you have determination, look around. Remember this: EVERYTHING is songwriting material. EVERYTHING is poetic.... it depends how you look at it.
04. You could always write a song about writing songs.
...but apparently that never works... but try and make something original about it.
05. Be patient.
It will come, I promise... just don't give up... I'm a firm believer, that even if this business is extremely competitive, you can do it. You can do it, if you have determination to carry on writing until you really do get a good song. Sometimes, when I sit down on the guitar, I don't think "Crap, I'm not getting ideas," I just wait.... If you wait until it comes to you, it will eventually come to you! Some artists argue that they didn't write the songs: that they are already there - you just have to find them!
Sometimes I close my eyes and either picture two things:
I play them in my mind... I picture a story, I picture the kind of music and the lyrics... just close your eyes and PLAY!
07. Tell yourself you are fantastic at writing songs.
And not only that, but that every single song you will write will be brilliant (no matter how crap it may be...). This way, this is not only getting rid of your inner critic, but it's also making you feel better about yourself, and may give you the confidence to pick up the guitar (or pick up the pianoif that works) and just write.
08. Write what you know.
Something pissing you off? Something making you happy? Or maybe the problem is that you are not feeling anything - that's why you can't write - but write about it! The most important thing, is that it's what you know. Write about your life, write about your family, friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, crushes, If you don't want to talk about it in your song, then write in 3rd person - makes it a lot less personal, yet people can still relate to it. One of the great things about writing a song is that, each one you write is like discovering something new about yourself. Sometimes I can write a song and be like Do I really feel like that?! I guess I do.
09. I guess I've got writers block because I can't think of anything else to say
But aha! I'm wrong! Do some co-writing. If you've got a friend who likes writing lyrics, or who plays guitar, or hell, just ask a random person, ask them to join in. If your by any chance on msn right now, pick a random window and say What are you feeling like right now? - write about that! Or, you could ask them (if they like writing lyrics) if they want to play a lyric game. You can write a line (a crappy one) and they can write a better one! If the lyrics aren't good, it might come up with an idea! There's no harmunless the song becomes mega successful and you forget to credit them
10. Give up.
Basically, if you can't write a song right now, don't bother, just practice some other songs you've written, relax a little - have a break. I had one big break of about 2 weeks once, and came back and wrote a decent song. There are loads of things you can do meanwhile - read about writing songs, read about playing guitar, go get guitar or singing lessons just make sure you do something every single day. Then, bye bye writers block - whatever you do, just never give up completely.
You have the talent, and you have the potential to get where you want.