September 24, 2006

Solutions to writer's block?

by Chris Randall

What do you guys do when you have writer's block? I'm in the depths of one of the worst phases I've ever had. (Although it's only two weeks old, so it's not that bad, relative to some people I know.) I know that everyone has a different method for getting out of it. What's yours?


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Sep.24.2006 @ 11:45 AM
i just push through and write a really crappy song. i mean just embrace all that cheese (cuz that is my main problem as a write...).

so write that crappy song that is blocking....


Sep.24.2006 @ 11:53 AM
Muff Wiggler
i travel to a different city, sit in a bar surrounded by strangers, get lonely, then bummed, then drunk, and out comes the notepad.

or as they san in canada, 'oot comes the notepad'

(ps. it kinda helps that i don't have a choice about the travel to a different city part, which makes the 'sitting in a bar', 'getting bummed' and 'getting drunk' part particularily easy and free)


Sep.24.2006 @ 11:55 AM
Muff Wiggler
see? last night's drinks are still affecting me. That should read "as they "say" in Canada". Drunken slip, I'm in "San" Diego at the moment. Hungover.

Sep.24.2006 @ 12:28 PM
I don't do anything. For me, it's not that I don't come up with anything, I've just grown tired of my own tricks and tastes. You can't have routine conversations with yourself without getting bored. I know that I'm not laying anything new on people here, but writer's block is just part of the deal. Rest assured that it'll lift, and you'll probably consider your next batch of work superior to previous efforts. Or, maybe it's time to develop a serious drinking habit?

Sep.24.2006 @ 12:40 PM
Try to write song on different instrument, one you can't play as well. Or don't use any instrument at all, just use paper.

Sep.24.2006 @ 1:00 PM
"Try to write song on different instrument, one you can't play as well."

That's actually a really good suggestion, and one that I forgot to include. I'm often impressed by the playing of novices. Well, not so much the playing, but the ideas.


Sep.24.2006 @ 1:07 PM
Dave McAnally
Time to bust out the oblique strategies deck!

Whenever that happened to me, I would just go play a bunch of shows and get really sick of all the stuff I already had. Probably not very practical for you though.


Sep.24.2006 @ 1:15 PM
Work backwards: start by writing down a bunch of song titles, then pick the one that, if you saw it in a track listing of a record you never heard before, you'd want to listen to. Then figure out what that sounds like.

Sep.24.2006 @ 1:15 PM
Chris Randall
Heh. Oblique Strategies is cool and all, but that ceased being useful for me like 10 years ago. As far as playing another instrument, that doesn't work for me because I'm reasonably adept at most everything. Certainly every instrument I own. (Jack of all trades, master of none, in the flesh.)

My normal course of action involves video games. There is a certain type of game (racing games, usually) that really makes my right brain kick in to gear. I guess I'll give that a whirl. I haven't yet tried the PS2 on my monster plasma; that should be entertaining in and of itself.



Sep.24.2006 @ 1:23 PM
If i'm having trouble writing, i just work on small elements that i can plug into any song later... Synth presets, textures, beats, whatever.

I guess my philosophy is to just spend the same amount of time working every day regardless of what i work on. That way, even when i'm not my most inspired, i still get something useful done.



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