Writer’s block can be a painful mental state, and not just for those who make a living writing, but for musicians, as well. When someone is expected to release new music annually for years on end, inevitably it takes its toll, and eventually inspiration diminishes. Many musicians, both mainstream and underground, go through these phases of being unable to create their art at the same level of quality. While it is an excruciating thing to go through, it is not without a cure.
Some performers write through it, resulting in a series of albums not quite up to par. Others take a hiatus to regain the lost inspiration. However, some have contracts and deadlines and are unable to take a break, those who do can come back even better than before.
Regardless of what they chose to do during their hiatus, many musicians come back with new motivation, new outlook, and an entirely new sound. There are many examples of songwriters who take a break, and come back with a revitalized sound, sometimes enjoyed by their fans, other times not so much. Nonetheless, taking a break from your craft to find new inspiration can be a very healthy thing for those who aim for consistent quality in their creations.
Whether you’re an author, a songwriter, or specialize in any other form of creation, it is always a good idea to take a break every now and then to take a look at your craft, and gain some added motivation to become better, and more focused on what you do. Some of us may not always have that option, even taking a second look at what you’ve made can be helpful in assuring consistent quality, and maintaining the same spark that got you to where it is you want to be in the first place.