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Are You Over-Analysing?

This post isn't a blog as much as it is a reminder. For any of you who are doing some writing and are in a jam, take a step back and think - are you over-analysing? If you are, keep reading. If not and you are just stuck in a rut - check out my post from two weeks ago for some ideas for getting going again!

So, if you are over-analysing, I can speak from experience when I say it is very hard to stop over-analysing. It's like when you have a spot on your forehead - no one else notices it but to you it's a neon light with sirens coming from it. That brings me to my first point:

  • Ask for someone else's opinion

If you're struggling with a phrase or a song or something that you feel just isn't quite right, sometimes all you need is someone else to put your mind at ease. I have been stuck on one song for years before - and I'm not exaggerating! I just wasn't happy with a couple of the lyrics - when I asked my friend for help, we changed a few things round but mostly kept the same ones! All I needed was someone else to tell me that I as over-thinking it.

  • Stop focusing on it

As for the song I just mentioned, this technique didn't work and it won't work for everyone or every song. But it is worth a try. Just stop focusing on that lyric, that one word or even the song as a whole. Sometimes time is a great way to get a new perspective - and you can end up having that lightbulb moment.

  • Get a new perspective

With this one I am being literal and figurative. Try to look at the song & the topic you are addressing in different ways, but more than this - take a step back. Literally. Take your notebook or phone or whatever you are writing on, hold it at arms length and study it. It may sound a little strange and you may look a little strange doing it! But it's surprising how literally changing your perspective can help you get to where you want to go. Music is an art and if you paint a picture, only looking at it zoomed in and not at the whole canvas, it won't turn out how you want. As well as this, record the song & listen to it as a whole. Put your headphones in and make sure to close your eyes - it's amazing the difference shutting off one of your senses has.

  • Start again

Now this one is really a last resort, but sometimes it's necessary. If you can't stop yourself from over-analysing and you just don't feel right about the song - scrap it. Keep the concept and start again, approach it differently. After all the hard work you have put in, there is no doubt that you would want to avoid this, but be objective and press the big red button.