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Old 29th July 2008 , 11:30 AM
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Question Any lyricists in the house?

Got a serious case of writer's block for lyrics at the moment. Thankfully, they're not for anything more than personal projects (right now) but I was wondering how people get going on lyric writing? Where you do you take your inspiration? How do you clear your mind? Do you write for existing music or the other way around? Any ideas appreciated, would love to crawl out of this word-rut I'm in!
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Old 29th July 2008 , 12:22 PM
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How do you clear your mind?
I was reading the book The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron. I followed the course for a while but got distracted as usual.

She has an idea she calls 'morning pages'. You get a notebook and every morning you write 'stuff' for three full pages - it is the first thing you do. This is not meant to be lyrics or inspiration. It is like a stream of concsiousness and most likely will be full of lots of stuff that is bugging you. You don't care what you write, you just write and keep writing until you finish. You don't even review what you have written. This helps to clear your mind and it helps get your pen connected to your thoughts. Like I say, I got distracted and stopped the course before it had a chance to help.
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Do you write for existing music or the other way around?
Either way, I am not fussy as long as it happens. If I have a lyric idea then I write it down and it might be near a complete song lyric by the time I put music to it. If I start with music then I tend to concentrate on the chorus first. I want the chorus to be strong and if I can think of a good chorus then the verses tend to fall in to place. That's the theory anyways.
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Old 31st July 2008 , 09:04 AM
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Hmmmm...

Like the idea. I'm not very useful in the morning, though. Not until I've had at least two cups of tea and a latte...!

Will have to see if it could actually work... thanks for the tips.

Anyone else??
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Old 31st July 2008 , 09:20 AM
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I tend to be quite creative just as I'm going to sleep! So I keep a pad and pen by the bed. If I get inspired at any moment I grab the pad and start scribbling... even if it's just an idea for a song title. This little "tome of scribblings" is my resource for inspiration when I'm not feeling quite so creative.
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Old 31st July 2008 , 09:25 AM
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I tend to be quite creative just as I'm going to sleep! So I keep a pad and pen by the bed. If I get inspired at any moment I grab the pad and start scribbling... even if it's just an idea for a song title. This little "tome of scribblings" is my resource for inspiration when I'm not feeling quite so creative.
I often find that as I'm going to sleep, I wish I was actually writing music - I get melodies and progressions in my head that seem really cool, but I can never for the life of me replicate them the next day.

Apparently there is some sort of heightened brain activity in that brief gap between being awake and falling fully asleep that makes this happen (and might be relevant to your suggestion of the 'tome' as well...)

If only my brain had direct outs on all channels!!
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I'm currently reading a great book by John Adair about Creative Thinking. Its not directly about making music or writing lyrics, just about thinking creatively and how to generate innovative ideas in and from every day life.

He talks about where to draw inspiration from which includes writing thoughts down, sketching things just to make you really look and examine them, taking a photo a day, listening and questioning others as well as knowing when to shut up. Plus its packed full of inspirational quotes and in (really) short easy to read chapters.

Its well worth a read for anyone! Link here.
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I'm currently reading a great book by John Adair about Creative Thinking. Its not directly about making music or writing lyrics, just about thinking creatively and how to generate innovative ideas in and from every day life.

He talks about where to draw inspiration from which includes writing thoughts down, sketching things just to make you really look and examine them, taking a photo a day, listening and questioning others as well as knowing when to shut up. Plus its packed full of inspirational quotes and in (really) short easy to read chapters.

Its well worth a read for anyone! Link here.
Cheers for that suggestion, looks worth a read for sure... whatever helps get some of these ideas into something more tangible!
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