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#1156820 - 09/23/19 10:39 AM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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What is writers block anyway? Some of our very best artists haven't written great songs in 20, 30 years. Do they have writers block or are their best years behind them?

Do we mean ability to write anything at all, or anything great... ?

I dont know if I ever had writers block. It's pretty easy to come up with something, whether or not that something is any good may be a reflection of my limited abilities, or also may be a reflection of my opinion.

#1157009 - 09/27/19 11:31 AM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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Doesnt' exist. We just get in our own way. Develop a group of co-writers and you'll always have something to write about and things going on. Never put your eggs in one basket and never try to do everything yourself.

#1157015 - 09/27/19 01:53 PM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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I compose 2-4 hours every morning, record in the afternoon, and do editing and clean-up after supper. Yes, 7 days a week. Do I get writerís block? Sometimes when I sit down at the piano in the morning, I start wondering if Iíve exhausted all the possibilities with the 12 half-tone palette. So, I improvise for a while, until I find something interesting. My process is in finding 8 measures of music that holds my interest. So, it doesnít seem like that much of a undertaking to only come up with 8 measures. After I have the 8 measures, everything else is development (part B,C, variations, etc). It runs smoothly after the eight. So, when I sense a writerís block, I improvise until something happens. Often a good book, picture, movie, Newsís story, etc. will spark creativity. I most often compose instrumental music, so I have more lead-way than the songwriter. Words donít get in my way. I can also freely use dissonance and strange modulations that a songwriter would puke at. So no, I havenít suffered from writerís block yet. I suppose if I do, I probably have lived to long.

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#1157025 - 09/27/19 06:52 PM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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I think it's just a fleeting thing. Sometimes it lasts for days and sometimes months.
I'm going through a long one now. Some will write anything anyway like they feel they don't exist otherwise or they write for a living. Others write when they feel strongly about something. Who knows?

It's never too late? Yes it is, so do it now.

If, given time, a monkey can write the complete works of Shakespeare maybe there's hope for me.




#1157035 - 09/28/19 05:54 AM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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There will always be another Song to be written. Someone will write it and we'll all hear it and say, "That's a great Song!" Or, we'll hear it and say, "Meh! So what!" But it will be written.
I call those times 'fallow' periods, like a field lying unplanted for a year or two to let natural plant growth fix nitrogen in the soil, enriching it again so it will grow a good crop the next year.
Sometimes, coming out of a fallow period, I write a long Song, just letting it go where it will in as many Verses as it takes, as long as it takes to find a satisfactory denouement, a satisfactory end to the story. The effect on my wordplay seems to loosen me up, to 'plant' that new crop in that new 'year', and begin to 'harvest' again.
Simply writing prose, Rhyming poetry, or simply thoughts, can be stimulating too, to that wordplay. Write an essay. Write a letter to your younger self, or your future self. Write a letter to friends, enemies, that maybe you never intend to mail. Just writing to get yourself in the wordplay mode. Then pick up your instrument and voila! Unless you play viola and then its viola voila!
Finally, look around. That person looking out the window of their house, or the one you see driving by in their car. They have a story to tell. Tell one through their point of view. It doesn't have to be real. Just imagine them and a situation, love found, uptempo, positive, lost lost, uptempo upset, slower ballad of longing, regret. Songs are hanging in the trees. Pick the low-hanging fruit. Get your ladder and pick the high-hanging fruit. The world's full of stories. Get a sense of the Singer-Character, and give them time to incubate in your imagination. Then let them tell their story. Assume the persona of the Singer-Character. His/her life can be far more dramatic than your own reality. Fantasy can go anywhere, with any emotion, any idea. Set the scene, the time, the place, the furniture. "All the world's a stage..." And your Singer-Character can be a player in it, on that stage.

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? www.garyeandrews.com
#1157039 - 09/28/19 08:28 AM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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A few years ago I started to write a new song. I stopped. I had already written that song! Not exactly the same but a repeat of what I had already written. So I stopped writing. It takes time to write good songs and sometimes you just have to take a break and let things rest. In time new ideas will come and you can write again.

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#1157289 - 10/03/19 09:14 PM Re: Writers Block, any suggestion? [Re: T.Wallace]  
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I usually find "writers block" to simply be a lack of inspiration.... When I feel uninspired, I just remind myself not to care what others think.... smile

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