A popular strategy for breaking writer’s block is to ‘write the end first.’ In other words, rather than struggling with your opening chapter, you write your climactic scene and work your way back from there.
So if you’re experiencing a bit of new-years-resolutional writer’s block, consider writing the end first by thinking about where you want to be 365 days from now.
Do you want to be in a different apartment? Coming home from a different job? Engrossed in a new hobby?
What do you look like a year from now? What’s your hair like? What habits have you broken? What kind of a person are you? Or is the present so good that you want everything to be exactly as it is at this moment?
It’s up to you. It’s never too early to start planning your epilogue.
What makes this a beautiful song:
1. There’s a hint of rain at the opening that gives the track a very morning-after-the-party feel.
2. There’s a quick little upwards scale at about 0:15 that sounds like a leftover New Year’s firework going off unexpectedly.
3. There’s a little synth swell at the end which, combined with the piano, places the listener halfway between the past and the future.
Recommended listening activity:
Writing a letter to your future self.