In my last post, I started talking about songwriting dry spells and how to overcome them.  If you missed that post, or if you need a re-cap, you can read it here.

Here are four more ways that you can break a songwriting dry spell:

4. Play an instrument you don’t know a lot about.
Pick up an instrument that isn’t in your wheelhouse and just noodle around a bit. If you’re used to pulling out a guitar, pull out a keyboard instead. Start a song a different way than you’re used to. Sometimes magic can happen when the subconscious leaks in and you don’t “know” how to do something.

5. Read.
Words make you think. It puts ideas in your head. You’ll be amazed at how a little reading can get the creative juices flowing.

6. Move your body.
Get up and get moving. Go to the gym and sweat, go for a hike or a swim. Even a walk. Just the act of moving initiates something… it moves energy. I have to say, I’m a fan of sweating too. I like the feeling it gives me when I’ve had a good workout. It feels as though I’m re-settling the systems.

7. Cook something.
I know this seems like an odd suggestion, but try it. Even if cooking isn’t a typical activity for you.  Chopping and dicing can be really hypnotic and relaxing. It will put you in a different head space.  And the added bonus – you’ll get to eat afterwards.

So if you’re suffering from a songwriting dry spell, I hope these suggestions help. Try one, or all.

And if you have your own tips or tricks to break the songwriting dry spell, I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can weigh in using the Comments section below.

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