People who don’t write for a living may not understand the damage caused by writer’s block. For whatever reason, and it seems to vary writer to writer, something clogs up the brain and prevents the creation of an acceptable string of words.
Much of what I do is write for a living. When I’m not writing for a living I’m trying to write songs (a woman from Brooklyn who plays piano– what a novelty).
Yes, Virginia, there is writer’s block.
Most of my block instances don’t occur when I’m at work on my Mac. They usually strike when I’m at home trying to write something creative on the piano.
Of them many tools I use to help overcome as well as prevent the block is a cool little app called Songwriter’s Pad LE. I assume the LE means limited edition. It’s free, but limited.
What attracted me to Songwriter’s Pad LE is the built-in phrase generator. Add a feeling or emotion, and it spits out usable phrases to match.
As you might expect, there are other tools, too, including a built-in rhyming dictionary (as well as a robust dictionary and thesaurus).
Very useful for piano and guitar users is the option to add chord notation to a lyric. Also useful is the audio recorder. Got a quick idea for lyric or melody. Click and Songwriter’s Pad begins recording your voice.
Not bad for free, right?
The free price tag has limits. One song at a time. If you need more than that (and what songwriter worth a listen does not?), then the full version lets you go crazy with as many songs as your family can bear to hear you write.
To help your writing experience, Songwriter’s Pad also prints lyrics, works in full screen mode (to avoid distractions), records vocals with a background audio track (imports MP3s, and WAV files), and gives you the option of creating and editing lyrics in verse, chorus, and bridge.
Aspiring songwriters who use the Mac will enjoy using Songwriter’s Pad (free or full version). It’s another tool to help you overcome that moment of writer’s block when you’re sure your brain or your heart is running on empty. It’s not.