If possible, set up a room or section of your home that is only for writing. You know that when you step into this space it is time to be creative. Set it up with posters of people who might inspire you. I had a John Lennon ”Imagine” poster in my writing room for years and wrote a quite a few hits staring at Johns’s wire rimmed glasses. It really works. Your room might include your favourite guitar. I know some folks that like to have candles burning in their writing room and the lights dim; but the point is to add things to your room that make you feel creative.
Have all the tools you will need to write close at hand. The worst thing you can do when you hit upon a great idea, is to get up and have to search your house for your guitar tuner, picks, or a notepad to write on. I keep extra guitar strings around so if I break one, I’m not running out the door to buy more. I even keep bottles of water and protein bars available so I can stay in my sanctuary for a couple uninterrupted hours!
Turn off technology and tune in to your creativity. Text messages, emails, phone calls, etc. These all pull you out of the mind space you must have to write songs. They seem harmless enough, but all keep you from tapping into that deeper place within you where the good stuff comes from.
Writing the same time each day. This can be hard with busy schedules but if possible, it is the biggest single thing we can do for our creative minds. Studies have shown that our creative brains really like a routine. It doesn’t matter if you’re strumming your guitar every morning at 8 am, writing lyrics on a legal pad on your lunch break at work, or working on your next melody line in the garage each night after the kids are all asleep; the important thing is your creative brain likes working at the same time each day. It loves getting in a routine or groove. And being in a groove cuts down the number of days you sit down, and nothing happens.
So, these are a few ideas that will help you eliminate the road blocks to your creative writing. Focused writing can be a challenge in today's busy world but gets easier with practice and the rewards are great. When you find your groove and start creating new songs your heart and soul will thank you!