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    Unhappy Writers Block Please Help

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    ok guys im new to this site, but i've been writing lyrics for awhile now. i have a small collection that began one day out of the blue when i picked up a pen and everything began to flow. now it seems for the last ....oh.... 3 months or so i haven't had the ability to transfer anything in my head onto a piece of paper. what i'm hoping is that some of you may have some suggestions for me that will help me get past this frustrating obstacle.

    p.s. YES I KNOW I MAYBE COULD USE A RECORDABLE DEVICE BUT IM FLAT F******G BROKE.

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    First.
    I'd like to welcome you to our small section of cyberspace.

    Second.
    Join the club. We all have our moments, whether it be days, or months, of lack of output.

    Somethings I've learnt I'll pass on.

    I know your broke, but as soon as your cash flow resumes, I'd recommend picking up, at the very least, a second hand cassette player that you can record on.
    Tape every practice session you do. When you review the tape, take note of the inovative sections.

    Carry a pad and pencil with you where ever you go. Don't be shy about pulling them out and writing down your fleeting thoughts or verse.
    When you put them in your asenal of scraps, bits and pieces or what ever you call your ideas, you can tap that resevoir at sometime in the future.

    Never throw away a song or any ideas. Keep everything, organize your collection for easy rumagings.

    Write something, everyday. Anything. Writing songs is like writing a story or playing a musical instrument. You have to practice.

    When an idea for a song comes to mind, set down and write out your ideas.
    Example.

    You have an itch to write about 'Hitchhiking'.

    Start writing 'stuff' about it.

    Hot sun, no water.
    Cold and wet from the rain.
    Cars don't stop.
    Drivers devert their eyes.
    My harmonica keeps me sane.

    Stuff like that. Just as if you were going to write a story.
    Then, you can take these ideas and piece them together.
    Change a word, rearange some words, add words. What ever it takes to convey your thoughts.

    Don't worry about song structure right off.
    Dont' fret about a bridge.
    Don't loose sleep about the chours not being right.
    Don't think twice about setting that song aside and working on another.


    Sometimes the mind, and I know mine does, works in spurts.
    Practice and learn to utilize your spurts.

    Don't give up.
    Write/Practice, Write/Practice Write/Practice.
    You'll only improve.

    Hang around and others will add their thoughts.

    Good luck Goldfish.

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    badgas

    thank you for your input, i really appreciate your suggestions. i plan to take your advice as far as getting some sort of recordable device if it means i have to sell a kidney(theyre shot anyways j/k).

    i guess another question i have is where the hell did my inspiration go?? everything used to inspire me; hate, beauty, love, etc....

    but now it seems like im "comfortably numb" so to speak.

    how do i go about shaking myself back to the world of conciousness?

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    Gold fish ,BG gave you good advice..If you feel cold and uninspired ,well write about that!Anything to get the juices flowin'.......

    Something like ..


    I cant seem to move myself.
    I'm stuck..
    Quicksand pullin' me down..
    Drawn and quartered
    Gettin' my truck..
    Gonna pull up stakes and leave this town..

    Bla Bla Bla.....

    Well thats the Idea anyways ..Good luck

    Don
    blessed are the cheese makers


    Don

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    "Where the hell did my inspiration go?"
    Your asking the billion dollar question, Goldfish.
    We all lose it at some point. Some of us get it back.
    I've been continually working on writing songs now for about five years. I've been writing songs for about 35 years.

    Again, it's my opinion, but I feel that writing songs is something you have to cultivate. Nurture.
    Don't wait for the mood to strike you, Goldfish.
    You may be waiting for a long time.

    Like I said, write something every day whether you feel inspired or not.
    You don't have to be inspired to write a song.
    You don't have to be inspired to write a really good song.
    Writing songs takes some skill, a certin amount of hard mental work to get the point across.

    These are some of the things that song writers have to over come, and they do that by writing. Not waiting for the inspiration.

    If I were inspired to do everything I do, I'd become a fat bloated mass on my couch.

    Ya gotta grab the horns of the bull and do something with it.

    I use to do all my song writing when I was inspired.
    By the time I was forty five, I had about thrity songs that I felt were good enough to play in public.
    About five years ago, I was talking to a gent and he told me what I told you.
    Write every day. Anything. It all adds up.

    Now I have two hundred forty one songs, complete.
    I have fifty six songs in the working stages.
    I spend time each day practicing my guitars and working on my songs. I take a day off now and then, but I dive right back in. I haven't been inspired to write a song in over twenty years.
    I'm not gonna sit around and wait.
    Nobody can.

    Good luck Goldfish.

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    thank you both for your advice. i guess since it's just come to me naturally in the past i'm not sure how to go about it now. looks like i just have to , like you said BG "grab the horns of the bull".

    i really appreciate the comments i've recieved, they have been very insightful.

    please. anyone else who would like to add your 2 cents feel free. i would like to get as much advice as possible.

    again thank you.

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    There is no such thing as "writer's block". What is usually described as writer's block is really just a lack of discipline, and is usually excused as a "lack of inspiration". Buffalo Bullshit.
    Writing well is hard to do. If it wasn't, everyone would be a great writer. Don't fall into the "inspiration" trap! Learn to express your feelings in an interesting and melodic way, and be disciplined enough to finish what you've started.


    Bob

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    You need a girlfriend. Eventually you will have more pain and frustration then you'll know what to do with. You'll have no choice but to write about it.

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    "You need a girlfriend. Eventually you will have more pain and frustration then you'll know what to do with. You'll have no choice but to write about it."

    LMAO!!!!


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    Tex that is SO FUNNY, yet sad because it's so damn true.

    And BOB, that is an interesting perspective. I never really thought of it that way, but when it comes down to it I generally am pretty bad at finishing "projects" so to speak. I'm beginning to realize that i've reached the point where this is turning into more work than I had originally presumed it would be.

    But, dedication and hard work never hurt anyone, right? I really love writing and it's not something I plan on giving up soon, so I guess i'll grab my gloves and the shovel....

    Thanks for the tip. Everyone so far has been very encouraging.

    BTW - I did actually squeeze something out last night.
    https://homerecording.com/bbs/showth...threadid=43003

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