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Breaking Writers Block

Gabe explains the origin of a writers block and shares tools to reconnect us with our heart and song. He encourages us to lean into hard moments and face our critics with the help of Holy Spirit. He reminds us to leave agendas behind and focus on expressing our heart to the Lord.

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan

Course Overview

Unit 1
The Heart of a Songwriter
Unit 2
Refining Your Skills
Unit 3
Finding Inspiration
Unit 4
General Creativity
Unit 5
Song Stories
Unit 6
BONUS (Exclusive Unit) - Bethel Music Songwriting Retreat


A song needs to start with honesty, and a motivation to capture the Lord’s heart.

  • They are documentations of your story with the Lord.

A writer’s block is when you can’t write a song that you can connect to.

Causes of writer’s block

  • Busyness - will cause you to "not" have time to write, and then you grow out of touch with your heart.
  • Not writing enough - songwriting is a muscle that needs to be exercised.
  • Struggles - when you don’t want to look at your emotions, you can’t express your heart
  • Motivation - if your motivation is to write a hit, then it will be a struggle.
  • Comparison - either to other people or to your prior accomplishments.

Morning Pages - 30-minute exercise.

  • Get a “journal of power” - a journal you love and connect with
  • Buy a pen that feels great in your hand.
  • Dedicate the journal to the Lord
  • In the morning, wake up before anyone else in your house, and before you ever say a word or a prayer, write three pages in your journal.

Take yourself on an “artist date”

  • Go alone to a place that inspires you, and let yourself be filled.
  • Typically writers who have a block are depleted and trying to write from an empty cup.

If you want to face the block, lean into the catalyst.

  • Lean into the hard moments in your life.
  • Confront the thing in your heart that you are afraid of

Silence “The Inner Critic”

  • Everyone has a critic and it always has a face - either a person who hurts you with their criticism or someone you respect.
  • The inner critic is really Satan himself telling you to stop worshipping in the disguise of someone who has influence in your life.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirits LEADING, instead of listening to the critic who is telling you to stop.
  • Tell the inner critic who you are and who you are called to be and to be silent, and press through.

Turn off the agenda of writing a song.

  • Just worship. Just sing. Just express your heart to the Lord.