Writer's block is one of those things that probably happens to everyone that is doing something creative in their life. No matter if you are a producer, composer, writer, designer, creator or just an enthusiast, there is a big chance that you'll or you already have experienced this common issue. There are several different reasons why writer's block happens and you can't really predict it nor prevent it. It's simply just one of those things that eventually will occur. So how do you face this problem? Well, there isn't any written rule that would definitely end your block but there are several tips and methods that will help you get through these rainy days. We gathered a couple ideas that worked for us and maybe it will encourage someone else as well.
Taking a break
Most people aren't aware how important taking a break is. If you're working a Monday to Friday eight our office job, short mini breaks are essential to keep your energy, concentration and focus on a high level. All those things combined will truly help you get the maximum productivity. But what if you work from home or in a studio and your schedule is looser? Well, yet again you should take at least ten minutes break every hour. This way you'll maintain the higher lever of intensity and you'll be able to prevent yourself from writer's block. Once you face the writer's block and you're really stuck on a certain point, then sometimes taking a couple of days or even weeks (if it's possible) off could be the game changer. You could leave one project untouched for weeks and that when you return back, the ideas keep flowing in. Also, do other stuff such as sports, hanging out with friends, etc., that way you won't stress too much about the main issue.
Use other peoples work as a reference point
This is mostly used and even abused on the beginning of your creative journey. Let's take a music producer as an example. When you're producing beats you can get the flow going but at some point, you struggle with arrangements ideas. Here you could simply take a track that you like and you'd pay attention to the structure of it. You don't necessarily need to copy the reference track but it can certainly help you move past the block. The more you get experienced the less you're using reference tracks but even the most experienced producers can use this method to get past the writer's block.
This one goes more specifically to producers which use hardware or software gear as a source of their music. Everyone knows the story how you can't get any ideas going on and you are just stuck in the loop for ages. At this point, you could simply stop doing the creative process and instead of that focus on mixdown. You know, mixing a track is a never ending process, so instead of forcing ideas, you could use that time to polish your mix, to boost those drums and to brighten the vocals. Playing with synths and drum machines is another way of killing writer's block. This is actually a win-win situation because while you're learning about the gear you're also putting yourself in a position where new ideas can potentially be born.
Show your work to your friends or even collaborate with them
Most of us have a fix idea that we don't really need help from anyone at any point. Eventually, you'll come to a position where you'll need to work with other people in order to achieve greater things. So why not showing your unfinished stuff to your friends or colleagues and they could easily be the solution to your writer's block. You could even invite them to work together on the project and before you realise, you have a partner in crime. All in all, asking others for help or opinion shouldn't be something that you're afraid of and it's one of the most efficient ways of dealing with the block.
Don't force things
This is probably the most important part when it comes to dealing with the issue. You shouldn't ever force the ideas or panic over the writer's block. As written above, it's a problem that you can't really avoid and at the end, everyone finds his own way of dealing with this. So once you hit the writer's block, make sure you don't push yourself too hard. Listen to yourself and don't give up. As most things in life, this also requires time, sometimes more and other times less. There are hundreds of people out there that got the writer's block and never really recovered from it, simply because they've forced themselves and that is never a good way to deal with problems.
These are just some of the ways that could potentially help you end your writer's block. So when you'll face this problem, take your take, don't rush because that will bring new issues. And the most important part, never stop enjoying doing what you do, that way you'll prevent the chances of dealing with the writer's block.
Tips & Tutorials column is curated by producer Alex Ranerro. The articles are created with a simple aim to share his experiences and knowledge with SolvdMag readers. If you would like to contribute or you have any other questions, please write Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org.