This post is for all of our fellow creators, writers (both story & song) and anyone that is looking for a little exercise in getting the creative juices flowing. Cause let’s be honest…we all at times have a little bit of writer’s block or writer’s barricade or writer’s great wall of China for peet’s sake–that’s what it feels like sometimes.

One time we were at a song-writing workshop where a well-known songwriter was talking about his experiences, his go-to things while songwriting and he shared something that has stuck with us. At first it might sound silly but it does get the creative juices going if there seems to be a blockage of some sort.

So, if you are feeling stuck, try this exercise. All you need is:

  • a piece of paper
  • a pen or pencil
  • a timer
  • a book or a friend

Get yourself set up to write. Set the timer for 7 minutes. Find a book or ask a friend for ANY word (or if you don’t have a friend around, take any random book, open it and put your finger down and whatever word your finger lands on…go with it). Then whatever word you get, write about it for 7 minutes. It doesn’t have to make sense, it doesn’t have to rhyme…just write about the word for 7 minutes. Write, write, write.

This sounds easy…and it might seem like a silly exercise but it’s a great one! In the workshop he had us all do this and the word was “dust.” After it was over, to demonstrate his point that everyone will think of something different he had some people share what they wrote. All of the different things were amazing…someone wrote about the dust on library books, someone wrote about their little league memories of dust rising over them as they slid onto home plate, someone wrote about the dust particles in the room… It was so cool. Everyone had a different take on the word “dust.”

Anyway–writing is definitely a practice and this can be a good way to start practicing writing. Whatever you write be proud of it. Don’t think it’s stupid. Don’t think it’s insignificant. Don’t put boundaries on your writing. Just write. Write. Write.

Cool? Cool. Now go write 🙂


4 Responses to “Stuck.”

  1. Paul Says:

    This is a great exercise! Thanks for this.

    I first learned of the two of you when you were on SNL with Kelly, playing I Do Not Hook Up and My Life Would Suck. It was easy to tell that there was something really special about the whole band, and the two of you in particular.

    Your song on the 17th posts are particularly inspiring. Thanks for inspiring me to get back and playing again!

  2. Maria Says:

    My remedy is similar…open up the computer….look out the window and listen. All kinds of things can trigger memories and ideas.

  3. Selena Says:

    I’m no stranger to writer’s block either. However, maybe my issue isn’t so much coming up with a definitive topic, but having enough ideas to see it through to completion. Sometimes the creative juices run, but don’t gel so well. I’m not sure how much sense that explanation made, but thanks for the tip. Maybe I could still apply it. Now, do you have any suggestions for having less distractions and more time to write? ;P

  4. Nicole Says:

    This came just a the right time, here i am hungover trying to write about the use of video games in education, MAJOR BLOCK… i think i shall spend 7 mins writing about a random word. And maybe not drink before an assignment!

    Thanks Ladies

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