5 Ways To Break The Creative Block

Nothing is worse than having the world at your fingertips, inspiration & ideas swirling around your head all day long, only for when you finally find your way to your instrument of choice, for your creative well to just go completely black.

Disconnect: When you're living in the future, it becomes all too easy to become engrossed in your particular chosen form of virtual reality. Give your brain a break. We often find ourselves never disconnecting from these lengthened limbs of ours. Although we're apprehensive to suggest it, due to necessity during emergencies - we suggest taking a break from your phone. Here are a few tips.

  • Leave it in the car when you're running into the grocery store or making a quick errand. It's an incredibly freeing feeling to just have a little bit of room from the constant stimulation of an all-inclusive cellphone.
  • Take those small moments when you're waiting for a doctor's appointment or in a long line at your local coffee shop - leave your phone in your pocket and take some time to interact with the people around you.
  • Keep your phone on silent unless waiting for an important call. (We love this tip)
  • Employ the Mute & Night Mode Function.

Discomfort Zone: Do you typically gravitate towards one instrument when writing? Perhaps you often start with writing the melody & add the lyrics after it's sorted out? Try to switch it up and approach the song from a new perspective via your songwriter's toolbox.

Sweat: Sometimes the best way to be creative is to completely forget that you're trying to be, all together. Pretend that you're a training athlete for the day, go for a hike, and get back in touch with the nature around you. Often times, writers can get lost in their head and lose touch with our physical reality and the very machines that are helping us, our bodies. Sweat it out, hike, take a yoga class or go for a walk around your block. Let yourself rest for a bit, you deserve it. 

Timer: Set a timer and force yourself to write a verse in twenty minutes. No matter what, just finish it. You'll be amazed at how a deadline can really light your pen put into action. Continue this method until a tiny gem floats to the top of your creative well. 

Alternative Art Forms: The last thing I ever expected to inspire me was seeing another person's art. I expected it would just make me feel jealous, that I wasn't there in that moment, on that level, having already written that gorgeous chorus. Couldn't have been further from the truth. Sometimes going out and seeing a live show, on a grand scale or a tiny open mic night, can really re-ignite that spark in your heart that you thought had been permanently blown out. The same is true for alternative art forms, be it a ballet, a comedy show, anything that will introduce you to new thoughts and perspectives. 


One last tip: remember what made you fall in love with music in the first place. It takes you to a special, happy, easy place. Let it do the work for you. Roll with it. 


Lucy Gamble, PitStop Musicians