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 Posted: Sat May 12th, 2018 11:22 pm
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Discussing a video topic with a colleague.

--- 10 Ways to Deal with Writer's Block. ---

I have some ideas on the subject.
Wanted to get some input/discussion going here.

- Do you get writer's block?
- How do you deal with it?

- Steve



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 Posted: Sun May 13th, 2018 11:36 pm
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Yep, sure do.

The more general kind is not writing anything at all. I find the best way to overcome that is to first listen to someone else's music, preferably something new just to stir the brain, then force myself to write something - anything, just to get over that initial hurdle. The first one will likely be awful, but it seems to break the dam and let others come thru afterwards.

Sometimes I get stuck with a specific song. It's half-written and I can't seem to finish it. There I find it's better to put it down and walk away for a while. Come back in a week's time or whenever. If I try to just get it finished it always come's out the poorer for it. I've learnt not to get too impatient and let my brain work it out subconsciously.

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I think this thing about writer's block is a context of learning understanding and moving on, like who created the universe who created reality who created god.

Like who created writers, Reality, :cool:



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I try to keep 3 or 4 things going at once, that way if I get stuck or bored, I can hop from one to the other. And I try to keep things fluid, nothing is etched in stone, even years after I consider something finished, I might discover that clever rhyme that eluded me in the original version. Another method I use is to just write rhymes I find interesting. I can't count the number of times a song has blossomed out of a list of rhymes.
A couple of days ago, I was looking through an old notebook and I found a long list of smilies, thin as a dime, thick as thieves, dry as melba toast, cold as a well diggers wallet, etc., 3 columns per page and about ten pages long, many of them completely illegible. Did I find what I was looking for at the time? Honestly, I couldn't remember writing it, so probably not, but I must've been compelled to write something, so the exercise was not entirely futile.



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Absolutely, been more than usual as of late. I've actually come to accept it, somewhat, knowing that as soon as I hear the right phrase etc that it will come back to me. I've got a book of hundreds of titles and can pull one from there to start if needed but usually have a few irons in the fire at the same time. Mornings seem to be my most creative times or while driving. I seem to get burned out a little also at times, so I think a break can be good. When I started it was like opening the flood gates but now it's more of a trickle. I do think I've been trying to write with more meaning so though it takes me longer I believe the end product has become better.



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Here's your chance to see me beating my head against a post.
We finally completed this video project. Here's the title and YouTube link.

9 Ways To Deal With Writers Block
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H_dmUOfa6c

Be sure to COMMENT and LIKE and SUBSCRIBE. Thanks.

- Steve

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Yes I do,

But I used to get it much more often when I started out writing around 15 years ago.

It is possible to get around writers block in different ways. One method I found to be quite effective is to give the song you are struggling with a 30 minute break. Experience with writing songs will eventually make it easier to get past this issue.

Hope this was helpful.

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Tor Løvstad wrote: Yes I do,

But I used to get it much more often when I started out writing around 15 years ago.

It is possible to get around writers block in different ways. One method I found to be quite effective is to give the song you are struggling with a 30 minute break. Experience with writing songs will eventually make it easier to get past this issue.

Hope this was helpful.

Best wishes
Tor Løvstad

Thanks Tor,

That's a good tip.

Here's your chance to see me beating my head against a post.
We finally completed this video project. Here's the title and YouTube link.

9 Ways To Deal With Writers Block
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H_dmUOfa6c

Be sure to LIKE and SUBSCRIBE and COMMENT. Thanks.

- Steve



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