Every creative person knows the pain of writer’s block, when they just can’t write a single word or note of music. Songwriters can find it particularly difficult, when their muse seems to have gone on vacation! So they wait and wait for her to return … but it seems as though she never will. But there’s good news for them: creativity is a skill that you can train yourself to acquire. Here’s how to go about it:
1) Bring different ideas together
Often we try to be too logical and only connect things that make sense. So you would write about falling in love with a person, because that’s what you do in real life. But what about falling in love with a flower, the sky, or your favorite meal? It’s the popular management-speak of “thinking outside the box”; moving away from the obvious connections can give you some amazing ideas and produce compelling lyrics.
There are also other ways of awakening your creative mind than just sitting down and trying to write lyrics. Improvised comedy workshops can be immensely helpful in encouraging your creativity, because you have to constantly and quickly come up with ideas. In improv, the craziest things are put together, because that’s what’s amusing – and you’ll soon find that outside the workshops you’re able to come up with lots of ideas that you can use for your creative work. Continue reading