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  • Writer's pictureVlad Tersh

7 WAYS TO OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK & WHY IT'S HAPPENING

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

1. YOU NEED MORE EXPERIENCE

I want to tell you my story about how I overcame writer’s block. First of all, you need to understand why it is happening; it can be one or a couple of things. Usually, one of the biggest reasons is a lack of experience. For example, when I started making music, I struggled a lot with finishing tracks or coming up with ideas for my music. However, the more time I spent doing the thing, the better I got after time.

The first couple of years are the toughest. You may not be progressing that fast, or your music might not sound as good as you want it to sound. But, when you understand the reason it is happening, it becomes much easier. Just be prepared, and keep in mind that sometimes, you will face problems like that. If you are a beginner, do not worry too much. If you enjoy the process, you will eventually achieve the desired results, but there is no way around it if you do not start doing things. If you are going to sit just because you have “writer’s” block, you will not progress. I still sometimes feel like I cannot make music, but it is not like writer’s block. Eventually, you will have so much experience and knowledge about music production that you will not have to think about it while you are producing. This is how I fixed this problem for myself, and this is how you can do it too. So, do not push too much, but still, force yourself to do things. You just need more experience. Sometimes I remember those days when I felt like my music was terrible, I could not do anything, etc., but it is funny when I look at it now. If I had stopped, I would not have achieved anything.

2. YOUR ENERGY LEVEL IS TOO LOW

We have a limited amount of energy every day, and you are responsible for how you spend that energy. Think of it as money. Therefore, you have 86,400 seconds every day. How are you going to spend them? Are you going to make music, or will you waste your time on Netflix, YouTube, memes, etc.? Or maybe even arguing with someone on social media. All of that takes your energy. Every negative thing affects your productivity and your mind too. I do not want to dive deep into spiritual stuff and esoteric’s, but a tiny bit of that helps a lot. Focus on things that inspire you. Do not read the news. Do not waste your time and energy thinking about things you cannot change. They want your attention, and negative things always attract a lot. If you spend your time on that, you will not have any energy to work on your music. Get rid of everything you feel is holding you back as much as possible, and you will see the results immediately.

3. YOU ARE NOT WORKING OUT PROPERLY

We have to sit in front of the computer all day, and technology has evolved faster than our bodies. We were not made to sit all day; we need to move. It can be as simple as walking every day for 1.5 hours or 6,000-10,000 steps. Ideally, it would help if you lifted weights 2-3 times a week. My energy level increased significantly when I started working out, and my brain started working even better. I am not even talking about bodybuilding as it should not be too heavy. Maybe more cardio-style weightlifting. I am not your mom who will tell you what to do; it is your responsibility. If you are struggling with writers’ block or a lack of energy and inspiration, it means that something is wrong, and working out is one of the easiest ways to increase your energy level and productivity.

4. SLEEP WELL

I think everyone knows this, but I will repeat it: How well you sleep dictates everything in your life. If you sleep at least five hours, there is a tiny chance that you will be able to deal with everything. However, we have so many stress factors today that you will burn out if you do not give yourself time to rest. Try sleeping at least seven, but ideally, eight hours, as this will give you enough time to refill your energy levels and restore your body.

5. YOU HAVE TOO MANY DISTRACTING FACTORS

This is a very BIG problem in today’s world. With phones and social media, we cannot even concentrate on things. We are constantly swiping and scrolling on social media for that dopamine and serotonin hit every time we get a like or something like that. I feel how hard it is to concentrate on things because of it. You need to focus. Here is what I do: Delete all social media from your phone. If you use it for work, restrict yourself. Book a time in your calendar and use it only during these hours. When you are in the studio, turn off your phone and put it somewhere where you do not have quick access to it. The same for your laptop. No social media. No internet. No distracting things and other people who might bother you. Focus on music production AT LEAST two hours per day. You can learn how to play guitar in a year if you spend six hours a day at it, but you can do it faster if you spend eight. If you spend just one, it will take you years. The more you spend, the faster you progress.

6. YOU NEED TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP

You need to force yourself even if you do not want to. The first step is always the hardest. But when you start, this is when the magic happens. You just need 15-20 minutes for your brain to get used to that. After that, you will feel better, and you will enjoy the process. But if you do not start, there is no way you can progress. Do not blame anything apart from yourself. It is your responsibility to work on your music and achieve your dreams. Do not be a victim. All of the problems you have in your life are your problems. Not the governments. Not your parents. But I think you get the point. It may sound a little harsh, but you need to understand that you plan on going BIG.

7. PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

When I do not want to make music, I just jam. I play seven instruments, and it is a lot of fun! Sometimes I play guitar. Sometimes the flute. You do not need to force yourself to produce music. However, if you are in that environment, you might get some ideas and inspiration. Do not overthink. Just do it. Music should be fun. Treat it as a game. Just play and do not think about anything. Inspiration is everywhere. Sometimes you can hear a sound, and it will turn into a track.


I HOPE THE ABOVE HELPS!


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