How to Combat Writer’s Block When You Are a Songwriter

Photo by John A. Stevens 

Photo by John A. Stevens 

Songwriting is a rewarding and cathartic experience. I love writing songs. It is part of what defines who I am.

I also dread it.  

A bad song makes me feel like a failure. I doubt I’ll ever write something good again.

I spent a year of my life writing a new song every day. It was exhausting, but fulfilling. At the end of the year, I had a lot of good songs, a few great songs and a lot of crappy songs.

I haven’t been writing as much since I finished the song a day project. Writing this blog now, I am putting off writing new music.

We live in a modern world with everything at our fingertips. We are much more connected then before, but we often feel more isolated. We still feel the same emotions we’ve always felt. We love, we hurt, we are afraid and we are overjoyed.

Music connects people to each other and to themselves. People may express themselves differently, but the feelings come from the same place. As songwriters, we are supposed to reflect these universal feelings and foster these connections.

I’m fortunate to live in a city with a good community of songwriters. I’ve started a songwriter hang where we gather every couple of weeks to share new music we’ve been working on. The idea is to encourage my friends and I to write more and challenge ourselves.

In an American Songwriter article, Ryan Adams said, “I do not entertain doubt or fear in my music.” 

Songwriters need to write fearlessly. There are no wrong songs. Writer’s block and procrastination happen, but you just need to sit down and write.

Tell yourself, I’m going to go write that song now. And then get to work.