How to Overcome Writer’s Block as a Rapper


Writer’s block is a common problem for rappers creating new and original songs, and we’re here to tell you how to stop it.

It can be frustrating and discouraging when you have a great idea but can’t find the right words or flow to express it. Also when you have no idea at all and stare at a blank screen.

Don’t worry, writer’s block is not a permanent condition. There are ways to overcome it and get your creative groove back.

The Three Kinds of Writer’s Block

There are three versions of writer’s block that rappers might face:

I Can’t Finish a Song:

This is when you have started writing a song but can’t seem to complete it. You might have written a verse or two but don’t know how to continue or end it. You might also feel dissatisfied with what you have written so far and want to change it.

I Can’t Write a Good Song:

This is when you have finished writing a song but don’t think it’s good enough. You might feel that your lyrics are weak, boring, or cliché. You might also feel that your flow, delivery, or style is not on par with other rappers or your set standards.

I Can’t Write Anything:

This is when you have no inspiration or motivation to write anything at all. You might feel blank, stuck, or blocked. You might also feel anxious, depressed, or bored with rap.

Here are some tips to stop writer’s block

Start with a Throwaway Verse

Sometimes, the best way to start is to write something you don’t care about.

  • Write a verse you will never use; just to get your pen moving and your mind working.
  • Don’t worry about the quality, the rhyme scheme, or the meaning and write whatever comes to your mind, even if it’s nonsense.
  • Throw the verse away and start fresh.

This can help you take the pressure off and warm up your writing muscles.

Have a Time Limit

Another way to overcome writer’s block is to force yourself to write within a certain time frame.

  • Set a timer for 10, 15, or 20 minutes and write nonstop until the time is up.
  • Don’t stop to edit, revise, or delete anything and just write whatever comes to your mind.
  • Take a break and clear your mind.

You might find that writing toward the end of the time limit improves as you get into the flow. You might also find some gems or ideas to use later in your writing.

Take a Coaching Course on Writer’s Block

If you need some guidance and support to overcome writer’s block, you might want to consider taking a course on writer’s block coaching. A writer’s block coach can help you identify the causes and types of your writer’s block and provide you with strategies and exercises to overcome them. A writer’s block coach can also give you feedback and encouragement along the way and help you develop your skills and confidence as a rapper.

Listen to Well-Known Rappers

Sometimes, listening to well-known rappers can inspire you and spark your creativity. Listen to their songs and analyse their lyrics, flow, delivery, and style.

Learn from their techniques and tricks, and apply them to your writing. You can also try to rap along with them or freestyle over their beats to practice your skills and challenge yourself.

Work Backwards from the Song Title

Another technique that helps is to work backward from the song title.

  • Think of a catchy or interesting song title you want to write about.
  • Write the lyrics that match it.
  • Use the song title as the hook/chorus or as the main theme/message of the song.

Working backward from the song title helps with the focus and direction of writing.

Each version of writer’s block requires a different approach and solution. The tips above can help you with any version of writer’s block, but you might also need to address the specific issues and challenges that each version presents.

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