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    Writers block! Grrrr!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by dazbizkit, Aug 21, 2008.

    Hey everyone, happy thursday to you all. I've tried finding a similar thread but I didn't manage to.

    I'm in a band, and we're doing really well in our town and we've got quite a big fan base. I'm loving every second of it! Anyways, we've started to write our own songs again. Being the vocalist, and "The guy who writes" I'm expected to bring the lyrics to the band. I love writing lyrics and stories but I havn't written lyrics in such a long time and now I can't get back into it!

    The rest of the band have made tons of instrumental pieces and many lyricless songs, which we've recorded so I can sit at home and write to. I'm having such a hard time writing pieces to fit to the material they've made, and it's amazing stuff they're coming out with. I don't want to sit and wait for inspiration to hit me, I wanna smack inspiration in the face first because I feel I'm letting the rest down by making them wait so long. Especially when we've got loads of shows coming up and we want to play our new songs.

    Does anyone have any similar experiences or tips they can share to help me? I'm in desperate need!
     
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    I never have figured out a way to "smack inspiration in the face", dazbiz. Lol. Good luck with that. My advice always remains the same. Write your way thorugh it, and maybe you'll wind up with something worth keeping.
     
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    Go to a place where you like most and sit there with a desk. Just look around for insparation. Thats probibly the quickest way to find inspiration.
     
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    Listen to the songs repeatedly and test out different ideas that come into your head. You could also listen to others bands with similar styles to get a good idea of what you like and what you may want to include in a certain song.
     
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    You could also write a song and have the rest of the bands members come up with music for it. This might actually be a little easier since you're the only one writing. The others can work together on giving music to your lyrics.
     
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    Hey, I know exactly how your feeling. I recently came out of a long dry run of no ideas, but I broke through it. Inspiration comes from unusual places. I'll tell you, I never expected to get a story idea from a Packer game. Sometimes good ideas just sort of pop out of thin air while your walking around, thinking. There are two things you can do, fight your way through it by forcing yourself to write crap until what your writing isn't crap, or to live your life normally and pray to God or whatever deity your believe in (Or pray to nothing if your not that type of person) that you stumble upon something worthy of the music of your band.
     
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    i'm a lyricist, among other things, daz, so drop me a line if you want some help or tips or whatever...

    first of all, i'd think about your band's image and what kind of lyrics best fit it, along with what subjects their kind of music lends itself to best... what age range is your audience base?... what does that age range want to hear?... what does the band do best, that their audiences like most?... hard-edged, explosive stuff?... wah-wah, c/w lost-love plaints?... rap-like, non-melodic repetitive beats?... or what?... the answers to those questions should help you to figure out what to write about...

    love and hugs, maia
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    Thanks everyone for your help! I think my writers block is coming to an end, slowly.

    Scarecrow28. That's exactly what I was doing. Listening to our tracks over and over just kinda made it worse for me, but it used to really help. Right now I'm just listening to other bands, mostly unsigned bands, they seem to inspire me more :) Just to get a lot of techniques and ideas stored in my noggin, so when i do finally find something to write about i've got some new things to try out.

    Thirdwind. I do write lyrics without music sometimes too. But I want to use the stuff they've come up with aswell. It's just an overall writers block I'm having with lyrics right now, that's all :) My guitarist said he thinks I'm setting my standards too high, which is probably true. If I look at many famous band's lyrics sometimes i wonder how they get away with some of the crap they come out with, I think it's the singing rythum that saves them really. so I've gotta bare in mind that I shouldn't be trying to write some amazing peice, just go with the flow ~~~

    Chickidy and ParanormalWriter! I've kinda been doing both. Sometimes I just wait it out and carry on with my life and something may randomly pop into my head. And other times i sit down and actually try and come up with something. One or the other will pay off soon enough!

    Mammamaia! I may just take you up on that offer sometime :) I'll probably post some of the lyrics I've written for you guys and gals to have a looks over! We've got quite a wide age range of fans ranging from 12 to 50. We're the only band in town that actually appeals to the younger generations too lol, the rest do rock 'n' roll, blues and all that lot! We also play such a wide range of genres and styles too. This is whats giving me writers block, our music is quite diverse and it means writing different styles all the time and it gets me in a mess! :( BUT! Everything is starting to come back to me now!

    Thanks everyone you've been really helpful. But if anyone else has got some input I'll gladly take it into account too. Too many cooks won't spoil this broth!
     
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    I know my reply is late, but....

    I have found some great advice on writers block. If you find you have the block (I hate it, and get it alot for one reason) read over the piece and try to find why you began writing the piece. Find the passion to write the piece. We write for a reason. We are passionate about something and that is why we write about whatever we write about. So go over the piece and find your reason for writing it in the first place. I usually say listen to music, do activities, write words on a page even draw or try poetry, but now I say to find something in the piece you find you have a passion about, and then, you should be able to write again. We write because we love to write, because we are passionate about writing, because we are passionate about a particular topic and want the world to see it from out view. So if you can find the reason for beginning the piece, then you should be able to continue.

    I can also give a link to a article on this if you would like. Though this advice was originally given to me by a poet (I forget his name now <shame on me he helped me tremendously with my writing> ) from Canada.
     
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    That is some brilliant inspirational advice! It sounds like that paragraph belongs in a movie lol. That has actually opened my eyes quite alot.

    thanks Torana!
     
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    I remember reading an article by someone (I've long ago forgotten who) in which he didn't believe there was any such thing as 'writers block'. It's like the guy working on your car in the local garage coming up against 'mechanics block'! Or the guy fitting your new sink getting 'plumbers block'! Instead, they have merely met with an unexpected problem, and need a rethink to find the solution. Aparently the same as with so-called 'writers block', it's a temporary difficulty, requiring a change of tack/different approach/new start/whatever.

    I've not been involved in this writing malarky long enough to experience the problem yet, so can't say whether I agree or not. Anyone else of the same opinion? Does writers block not exist other than just in name?....

    Regards, biddy.
     
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    I write lyrics as well. One technique I use is to listen to conversations and try and pick phrases that can work for a theme. for instance, I was listening to the news and heard the phrase "Rock Slide." I turned it into a 80's style rock song.
     
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    I think, Biddy, Writers block is just a term used to explain what you've just said. Writers block is just a point people may experience when they cannot come up with solutions or ideas they are happy to apply to their work. Writers block isn't a magical forcefield that prevents any good ideas from coming through. Although it sometimes feels like it sometimes lol.
     
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    I don't believe there is any such thing as writer's block, either.

    There are times when you have something to say, and times when you don't.

    Creativity isn't the same thing as repairing a car.

    Any writer needs to have interests beyond writing he/she can turn to when the words aren't flowing.
     
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    it's like jet lag... if you don't believe it exists, you'll never 'get' it... i don't, and i've never had either one, though i've been writing seriously for a quarter century and flying all over the world for a half century...
     
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    Exactly. Well said.

    Down with writers lag I say. Or jet block. Or whatever it's called...
     
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    Not sure if you still need help but I generally just find a phrase or sentence I like, something that would fit the situation and keep going over it until something new pops into my head. Eventually I end up with something I particularly like. Or you don't, in which case you wasted a lot of time going over something that just won't fit.

    Its hit or miss I guess for me o_O

    as for whether writers block exists or not, I say it does quite clearly exist. Even the most creative people are going to hit ruts whether they like it or not, and thats how it goes. To those that haven't felt the dread of writers block I envy you =)
     

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