Songs to Get You Through Writer’s Block

Writer's Block

(Me, unable to write, but trying really hard at 11:30 on a Wednesday night…)

OK, I’m going to be real with you all for a minute. I’ve got one very bad case of writer’s block. When you write all the time, for all different people, from time to time you will find your well is dry as a bone. Now, I’m not saying you won’t come out of it. Actually, I know you will! You just need some inspiration! Go to a museum or art show. Get your camera out and shoot everything you see. Or if you’re like me, put your earbuds in and relax in to some good music. Here are my top five favorite songs right now, which are helping me to beat the writer’s block blues.
Lumineers – Stubborn Love
You all have heard the Lumineers most popular song “Ho Hey” (or you can see me do a fine rendition of it here…), but I’m crazy for this particular song. The refrain says “Head up, love” over and over and over again. Every time I hear it I want to go out and do something wonderful.
Django Django – Default
I don’t know what it is about this tune, the riff, the drums or the vocals…but every time I hear it I feel my foot tapping.
Blondfire – Where the Kids Are
I love bands that feature female lead singers, especially when they play instruments too. In alternative music, these kinds of bands are way to few and far between. And my home state gets a shout out (What’s up, Kansas?!) Note: This music video is super strange…but just get through the first part to get to musical gold.
Macklemore + Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
Whenever I’m taking my hipster, tortured writer self too seriously, I listen to this. Beware, NSFW (lots of language issues), but totally suitable for your earbuds or for dancing around in your bedroom.
American Authors – Believer
This is my personal “I am a winner and I’m amazing and I rule at everything” song of the moment. You can use it, if you want to. You’re welcome.

Happy writing!


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  • Reply February 4, 2013

    Clarissa Fidler

    Love this post! Amazing songs and artists.

  • Reply February 4, 2013

    Shannon Nelson

    What a great post to stumble upon as I was procrastinating on my writing assignments for school! Another nice song to spark some ideas is from Noah and the Whale’s The First Days of Spring album – it’s called Blue Skies, and it’s a great tune with fantastic instrumentals to wake up the right side of the brain and get the creative juice flowing.

    Here’s the link to the YouTube music video:
    The inspiration starts at 0:29.