5 ways to beat writer’s block

What does one do with writers block?

Write about writers block!

If you’re frustrated or stuck in your writing endeavors I’m here to help

Here are a few tips that I think will help you out.

1.Write!

I know it sounds like a smart ass answer but seriously, just wing it !

I’m doing it now, all great artists wing it at some point.

The best advice I ever got was to write something every day, just sit down and write for a few minutes. Without worrying about punctuation or spelling or grammar. Whether you write 5 words or 5 pages the important thing is that you’re writing.

2. Consume

Listen to your favorite music,  read your favorite poetry, watch your favorite movie, all of these things can help get the creative juices flowing.

Bonus points if you go out and give new music, literature and movies a chance! Try going out of your comfort zone, after all if you never consume art you can’t produce any. Everything comes from somewhere! 

3.Exercise

I always find that going for a good walk helps me relax and free my mind a bit, a workout may be beneficial to your creative process. 

Aerobic exercises (fancy word for cardiovascular) like jogging swimming and walking are shown to help relieve stress and many artist swear by them.

Maybe little fresh air could help you get out of that writing rut.

4. Look back on your work

I personally keep all of my old notebooks and read through them from time to time.

Find some of your pre-writing block work and read through it. 

Sometimes re-visiting the past experiences and emotions can help you remember why you do this in the first place, and maybe you’ll see something that needs to be further explored. Maybe you just want to top your past self and re write some things!

5.Take a break

Another cliche, but seriously, if all else fails, take a break! 

Live life, spend some time with people you care about, have new experiences, fall in love, fall on your face, pick yourself up again. You can’t write about the world if you’re never in it!

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And thanks for reading!

SMU show and youtube news

On Thursday I got to play for the Sigma Lambda Beta – Mu Delta Chapter at SMU

it was a great show! We had a good time and I got to perform some of Therapy for them.

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Speaking of Therapy, I kept my productiveness up and uploaded the entire project onto my Youtube page

How do you, like memorize stuff?

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I often get asked by an artist somewhere “how do you memorize your poetry?”

and I usually reply with a casual “I rehearse the shit out of it”

I realized that’s not very helpful

so i decided to elaborate a bit.

 

A lot of artists have trouble memorizing at first, and there’s no law that says you HAVE to memorize anything, but if you’re looking to up your performance and one day land some paid gigs, memorization is a first step in the right direction.

So here are a couple of tips on memorization, hope it helps.

Repetition

“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”

―Zig Ziglar

You ever catch yourself singing one of your favorite songs word for word?

You weren’t trying to memorize it the last two weeks, you’ve just been playing it because you enjoy the song.

Memorizing  your writing is the same process.

When I’m working on a piece, even if it’s not complete I’ll read it once a day up to the point I left off.

If I think of something I can add to it great,

If not it’s still a good chance to practice.

Find a little time to read your pieces every day.

When you feel like you’ve got it at least partially down,

try it from memory, if you slip up you can turn back to your paper.

Before you know it you’ll have it down!

 

Consistency

It goes without saying that only you can keep yourself going

you get out of the process what you put in.

No one is going to be there along the way to make you rehearse.

But if you’re consistent and work on your craft everyday you’ll get better and better.

When you get to perform your newly sharpened work for an audience

you’ll be able to do it with a great deal more confidence knowing you’ve got this.

Work ethic

You’ve got to want it!

No artist can get far without hard work and determination

I think a great example of this is the rapper Kanye West

in a 2015 interview with Howard Stern, Seth Rogen describes running into Kanye at a hotel and getting to hear him rap an entire album he was working on from memory!

Here’s a clip from the interview:

Those are my tips

I hope it helped!

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3 of my favorite DFW poetry spots

If you have an affinity for poetry or the arts, and would like to support some of your local artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, or even get on the mic yourself, you’e in luck!

I’ve gone to a lot of great shows/open mics since I started performing a couple years ago, and this is by no means an exhaustive list. Think of it as a walking start onto the spokenword scene.

These are three of my favorite weekly events:

1.Unlimited Poetry Slam

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Hosted by Annika MichelleUnlimited Poetry Slam  is held on Mondays at Fushas Lounge in Arlington 130 E. Bardin Suite 104  from 7:30 to 9:30 P.M. Cover is only $5.

You can learn more about the Unlimited Poetry Slam team here.

2.Forth Worth Slam

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Hosted by the one and only Michael Guinn Fort Worth Slam is every Tuesday at The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth 6637 Meadowbrook Dr, from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Cover is only $5.

You can learn more about the Fort Worth Slam team here

3.Dallas Poetry Slam

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Dallas Poetry Slam is every Friday at Heroes Lounge in Dallas at 7402 Greenville Ave

from 8:00 to 10:00 P.M. Cover is only $5.

You can learn more about the Dallas Poetry Slam team here

In conclusion, these are also open mics. Comedians, musicians, and all artists are welcome to come out as well, and you never know what you will see at an event!

There is a lot more going on in the poetry scene here in DFW, I’ve linked to all the hosts, slam teams, and venues.Be sure to follow all of them to stay up to date with everything they have going on, and share this list with a friend!