It’s the perfect time. The right feeling is in the air. Your heart feels pregnant with something to write – a concept, a poem, a song, perhaps? So you sit down to write and… nothing. You’re stuck.
All the words you want to say aren’t coming. If anything does come out, it’s not right. Bad. Perhaps downright cliche. Ever experienced anything like this? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
If you’re a writer, you’ve experienced this classic scenario called writer’s block at some point. Of the more than one hundred writers I’ve written and worked with in the studio and beyond, none have been exempt from its clutches. It can be the most discouraging feeling in the world to feel shut down from the very thing you feel called to do. If left untreated, writer’s block can often last until a life-changing catalyst unclogs the writer’s heart, allowing the words to flow again. And like any log jam, it can take quite a force to break the dam.
But there’s good news.
You don’t have to wait for a catalyst. You can choose to beat writer’s block. All it takes is… writing. Yes, I’m serious.
It’s like giving. Like forgiving. Loving, tithing, sharing. Like exercising (which, by the way, I need to get started on). It’s a discipline. A choice. Writing is a choice. You can either choose to verbally process, or you can start the writing process. You can either succumb to the lack of inspiration, or you can choose to write about your lack of inspiration.
You see, the enemy of your creative soul has blocked your heart to keep you from writing. This has always been his goal: to stop creativity. We were made in the image of God; our creativity is one of the very ways that we are like Him. The writer’s block, the inner critic, the feelings of inadequacy… These are all tactics to stop you. And dare I say, they are tactics to stop you from being creative like Him. But the more you create in the midst of a block, the more the block lifts. The more you ignore the inner critic and write, the more the critic is silenced. The more you create, the more distant these enemies become.
Can’t write? Write a song to God about your writer’s block. Or even a song TO your writer’s block. And line by line, you will feel the block lift.
All the best,
Gabriel Wilson is a producer, songwriter, artist, and worship leader based in Portland, OR. Some of his most recent productions include “Tides” and “You Make Me Brave” from Bethel Music, “Swan Song” from Hunter GK Thompson, and recent co-written songs include “Forever” from Kari Jobe and Bethel Music, “Chasing You”, and “Letting Go” from Bethel Music as well as “Come Like the Wind” from Jordan and Kristin Rippy. He has been an instructor at WorshipU on Campus for the past 4 years, as well as teacher of songwriting workshops in the US, Europe and South America. He currently mentors and coaches songwriters from all over the world via Skype, helping them break writer’s block and sharpen their skills as writers. For more information visit www.gabrielwilson.net.