Some Beginning Ideas on Getting Past Writer’s Block…
I came across this dope song the other day…an old school hip hop track called “Self-Conscience” by Nas & Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) and I’d like you to take a second to listen to it.
Particularly Prodigy’s verse, because he builds on how he uses his internal voice to help navigate him through writer’s block and other forms of self-doubt.
What makes it so brilliant is how he crafted the rhyme: peep how it’s actually a conversation with his own self-awareness, and how his internal warrior is his ally, NOT his enemy (which is where most of us are, unfortunately).
I can relate to Prodigy on a lot of levels, and I plan to listen to this song the next time I need to put an idea down but can seem to get the current flowing. You can also check out the book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron, which is one of the more famous programs for unblocking and unfolding creativity for all types of art: writers, painters, filmmakers, etc. etc.
But peep the science:
Since I’m getting ready for the Black & Asian Sankofa Heritage Celebration at ODU, I may not be able to post tomorrow, but stay tuned…you can check out some of the more recent posts below…
“Trust me Dun – I’d never leave you astray: take my word, niggas want to hear
how you think…Speak your thoughts, put your all in it. Whatever’s in your mind,
spit it. Place your angle on the page; release your tension on the tape…
a stressed verse seem to be what they most thirst…” ~ Prodigy
“My body’s the temple; my mind is the power…” ~ Nas
>> Julia Cameron’s “Artist’s Way” Website
>> A Free Mixtape El Rasun & I (Liberty Styles) put together…
>> A Legacy of Black (& Asian) Intelligence: Sankofa @ ODU
>> Metaphysical Thoughts on Knowledge, Originality & Matrix-Manipulation
>> Even More Science out the Akashic Archive (more great posts)