The Best Way To Avoid Writers Block – Avoid The Music Industry Album Cycle


We have written a lot of articles about writers block but we haven’t given you the single best tip to avoid it and help you get ahead. The music industry has unfortunately imparted a conventional wisdom that makes artists consistently fail and struggle more than they should.

When you are learning how to be an artist, you consistently read about “going into writing mode” or “taking a month off to write.” This idea is poison to bands on a regular basis and is the cause for more fights, stress and mind numbing pain than most people would imagine. Not only is the idea of write-record-tour-repeat detrimental to your mental
well being it also wastes time. Taking a month off to write your
record isn’t always the smartest idea since you and everyone you work
with will be constantly getting inspiration as you live, hoping to
recapture that inspiration 12 months down the road is dimwitted to say
the least.

Songwriting is a growing evolution. We are all taking in a steady diet
of new music knowledge and ideas when we are living each day. The
biggest problem that brings on writers block is when you haven’t been
growing with these ideas. When you take 3, 6, 12 months off from writing
you have grown so much from hearing new exciting things that when you
get back in the saddle it doesn’t feel right because you now aren’t in
the same place as you were all those months ago when you wrote. How
often has someone experiencing writers block said “it doesn’t feel the
same.” Of course it doesn’t – are you the same person you were all those
months ago? Probably not! You are in a different place, but if you grow
with your emotions and new inspiration by consistently writing every
month whether it is in the tour van or on time off, this will never be
a problem.

If you play in a group you have to hope the other people you play with have
grown in the same way as you. Taking all of that time away instead of
growing together can make people feel like “the magic is gone,” when
really the magic is just different. This alienation from not growing
together often leads to band blowouts and member losses. Do yourself a favor, avoid the album cycle, write all the time, practice with your band in “writing mode,” record demos all year round and you will experience better songs, success and less pain in your life. Get writing!

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.