Decide when to be interrupted. It’s perfectly okay to check email or social media occasionally, but only when you decide! This means you must turn off your phone’s ringer off and get rid of those pesky email notifications. Take control of your environment and creative space. Don’t be a slave to interruptions! One thing I do is that while I’m writing, I disconnected my connection with anything and anyone out of the writing room. When ever I feel tired (usually physically) I go for a quick walk in hallway and I check my phone meanwhile. But you should bear in mind that you have to get back in that room and finish what you started. Don’t fall in trap of continuous conversations!
Don’t check email first thing in the morning. We’ve all heard this, but so few of us actually do this. Email is a real addiction, and as a creative person, one of the biggest ways to start your day off in the wrong direction. The human mind is in its most natural creative state upon waking. Use this time to create a new writing reality. In fact, it’s usually a good idea to set your co-writing sessions in the mornings and you and your co-writers can be at your peak of creativity level. Let’s put an end to the terrible feeling of knowing we’ve spent an hour or so refreshing our browser, checking emails, and scanning Facebook.
There are no wrong notes. Once you are in your writing space, there are no wrong notes. Give yourself the freedom to create in a completely non-judgmental space. Don’t worry if your piece is too this or not enough of that. Let the words and music flow. Editing will come later, but not in the creative stage. Now it’s time to create not to correct.
Spend as much time listening as writing. You are what you eat, as the saying goes, and creativity needs feeding. Spend as much time reading books and listening to other artists and writers as you do write your own. This is essential to keeping your art fresh and avoiding ruts. Practicing this is also the biggest slayer of writer’s block. When you are excited about what you hear or read, it will transfer real excitement into what you write.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with 20 years of experience in songwriting, music production, mix and mastering. He has written and produced more than 5,000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.