Beating Songwriter’s Block

If you’ve dabbled in songwriting at all, chances are you’ve experienced songwriter’s block, which is just like writer’s block, but with a melody (or sometimes without a melody, and therein lies the problem).

So how do you get past it? 

No, really, I’m asking. I don’t have the answers. What I have are collections of song fragments from when I’ve started writing something that just didn’t come together. Lots and lots of song fragments. Chords without words. Words without melodies. Melodies without hooks. Hooks without stories.

There are a lot of good resources out there to help spark creativity — the internet is full of blog posts about it, but I think it would be nice to hear how you handle it.

What do you do when you get stuck, either in a specific song you’re trying to write, or in the bigger scheme of things when you realize you’re just not writing like you used to.

Is there a hack? A cheat code? Something that helps you jump-start your songwriting?

Comments are open! Hit me with your best shot, especially if it’s listening to Pat Benetar.


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