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Old 02-06-2018, 03:12 AM   #1
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Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

I am not sure if this is the right forum to post this in...

I started playing viola around 7. I was in the school orchestra and marching band. Music was my THING! I made music everyday from the time I was 7 to 18. I went to college for music production and something happened. I am not sure what yet, but I dropped out. I went back to school for a different subject and now I work a 9-5.

I have tried going on vacations, going in nature, going to music shows, etc. I cannot seem to feel inspired for a long time. I will make music for a little bit then stop for so long that I am afraid I will lose my talents if I haven't already. I think deep down I feel like nobody will ever care about my music and there is no point to making it. I am not sure what led to me feeling that way.

I am posting on this board so I am assuming music still is in my heart but I cannot find the inspiration to make anything regularly. Sometimes when I think about making music I begin to feel tired and depressed. I am posting on this board so I am assuming music is in my heart still but I cannot find the inspiration to make anything regularly. Sometimes when I think about making music I begin to feel tired and depressed. Has anyone gone through a very long writers' block or lost inspiration and found it again? How did you do it or what helped?

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Old 02-06-2018, 07:02 AM   #2
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Re: Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

It’s not as complicated as you think.

Just erase the term “inspiration” from your vocabulary. The key is to schedule a time where you work on music every day. An hour or 2 preferably. Then you just create music in that time, whether you feel like it or not. Pretty soon, your brain will just think “ok, so we make music at 6 pm every night.” And then, when inspiration does hit you with an idea, you’ll think “oh great, I can’t wait to try this out tonight at 6 pm”


That’s really all there is to it.
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Re: Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

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It’s not as complicated as you think.

Just erase the term “inspiration” from your vocabulary. The key is to schedule a time where you work on music every day. An hour or 2 preferably. Then you just create music in that time, whether you feel like it or not. Pretty soon, your brain will just think “ok, so we make music at 6 pm every night.” And then, when inspiration does hit you with an idea, you’ll think “oh great, I can’t wait to try this out tonight at 6 pm”


That’s really all there is to it.

This. Inspiration. What a terrible concept. People who get paid to be creative for a living can't wait on inspiration. I'd add on to what mnkvolcno said: I would also suggest that you don't always sit down and give yourself the task of writing a song. You can just work on skill sets, do exercises, collect samples, make synth patches, mix other people's projects.


I don't believe in writer's block or inspiration. Life will give you ideas (if not, get out of the house more, interact with people, go do unusual things). Why not write a song about the feeling you get when you think about writing music? Seems to me there is an idea sitting right in front of you, but you keep saying no to it.



Also, since you mentioned it twice in your post OP, any chance you are tired and depressed?

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Old 03-06-2018, 05:57 PM   #4
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Re: Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

There's always more that can be done if you have the time, as Relic said. You don't have to do it all in one piece or day; sometimes I work on a general design concept and organization for quite a while before I plug in riffs, drum patterns and whatnot.

Everything is so flexible in the modern DAW that I always just have to assume that RTFM applies to you or anyone else who thinks inspiration has to be spontaneous and random. Conversely, I have given up entirely on trying to write 'that song in my head' because it's all a big joke my mind plays on me.

Since it looks like you use Live, session view can be really awesome for just throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks before you even delve into the actual arrangement process. Definitely experiment with a different workflow and see if it changes anything!

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Re: Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

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I am not sure if this is the right forum to post this in...

I started playing viola around 7. I was in the school orchestra and marching band. Music was my THING! I made music everyday from the time I was 7 to 18. I went to college for music production and something happened. I am not sure what yet, but I dropped out. I went back to school for a different subject and now I work a 9-5.

I have tried going on vacations, going in nature, going to music shows, etc. I cannot seem to feel inspired for a long time. I will make music for a little bit then stop for so long that I am afraid I will lose my talents if I haven't already. I think deep down I feel like nobody will ever care about my music and there is no point to making it. I am not sure what led to me feeling that way.

I am posting on this board so I am assuming music still is in my heart but I cannot find the inspiration to make anything regularly. Sometimes when I think about making music I begin to feel tired and depressed. I am posting on this board so I am assuming music is in my heart still but I cannot find the inspiration to make anything regularly. Sometimes when I think about making music I begin to feel tired and depressed. Has anyone gone through a very long writers' block or lost inspiration and found it again? How did you do it or what helped?
I understand the tired and depressed aspect when trying to write, I really do.
The thing I started doing was I decided to learn the piano in hopes of learning and understanding music on a more fundamental level. Blues was a good start and I learned a lot about certain harmonic sounds and progressions. I also got a book about how to write counter point, and the best way to describe that is it is a way to practice writing music like how a person would learn grammar. Then when I am writing and I get stuck I just explore some things I learned and come up with something.

The tired and depressed feeling for me came when I wanted so badly to write something but just couldn't/ Or I did write something kind of cool and then didn't know where to go. I would get frustrated and it would just drain me emotionally. If you would allow me I would say take the time to learn blues and counter point. I have really good books on both subjects

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Old 08-06-2018, 02:27 PM   #6
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Re: Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

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I understand the tired and depressed aspect when trying to write, I really do.
The thing I started doing was I decided to learn the piano in hopes of learning and understanding music on a more fundamental level. Blues was a good start and I learned a lot about certain harmonic sounds and progressions. I also got a book about how to write counter point, and the best way to describe that is it is a way to practice writing music like how a person would learn grammar. Then when I am writing and I get stuck I just explore some things I learned and come up with something.

The tired and depressed feeling for me came when I wanted so badly to write something but just couldn't/ Or I did write something kind of cool and then didn't know where to go. I would get frustrated and it would just drain me emotionally. If you would allow me I would say take the time to learn blues and counter point. I have really good books on both subjects
Mind sharing the titles of these books haha?
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:49 PM   #7
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Re: Has anyone hit a long writers' block? How did you come out of it?

not at all

The first book that really got me started is: Music Theory for the Music Professional, I studied the thing up and down and even made note cards to quiz myself while working 12 hour shifts. The things I learned in that book helped me write the song in my signature among others. I would say it provides the reader a great foundation to build musical knowledge. I think its only available on google play however

The second book is for the piano. It is called: Improvising blues piano with tim richards. It starts the reader off slow, I was not a piano player but I worked through the book and now I feel somewhat more comfortable around the piano. I love this book because it introduces musical ideas one at a time that are linked specifically to the blues sound. Also I started understanding about how to write riffs over a chord progression, and how to make really interesting bass lines. The fun part for me right now is using subtle blues nuances in a non blues setting.

The third one I recommend is: The Study of CounterPoint from Johann Joseph Fux's GRADUS AD PARNASSUM. This right here is the real shit. I used the techniques is the book to write really beautiful things. The greats have read it too. Bach had this book in his personal library, Haydn learned by reading this book, Mozart's father taught Mozart using this book, and beethoven learned from this book among may others. I would say buy the fucking book man, it too builds a great foundation for musical writing.

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what i did for my last release I got drunk off my ass and put my track on loop with a mic plugged in. after that i just reworked it until it was complete. I havent done that again after that, i ended up passed out in my bathroom with porn playing on my phone.

Everyone is different. just dont think about it and it will naturally come somewhere. you just gotta be patient
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Everyone is different. just dont think about it and it will naturally come somewhere. you just gotta be patient

I've really never understood the mind set of not thinking and waiting as plan to get anything done. I assure you very few artists making a living at their art, if any, can afford to not think and wait.



That's fine for hobbyists, but it can't possibly be very productive.

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I've really never understood the mind set of not thinking and waiting as plan to get anything done. I assure you very few artists making a living at their art, if any, can afford to not think and wait.



That's fine for hobbyists, but it can't possibly be very productive.
I agree with this statement, Pro artists are always on the clock and it is a competitive field. If you can't meet deadlines then someone else will. Best thing to do instead of waiting is learn something new (music related) in my book. It will spark new ideas and expand horizons.

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