British songwriter and singer KT Tunstall shares her insights on the writing end of creating music.
Q: What is your method for overcoming writer’s block?
A: Putting myself in a situation where I have to absorb the world. Taking a ride on the tube, watching people, seeing a great film, but usually going out into the world, shaking my brain up and allowing unexpected things to happen.
Q: What are your favorite or most helpful writing prompts?
A: My journal. I've kept one for many years, and am now almost completely out of the habit of writing about the days events in a conventional way. I write prose, thoughts, automatic writing exercises, lyrics with no music. I find it hugely helpful to look back into.
Q: What is the most valuable advice you received as a young writer?
A: I really don't remember being given any memorable advice about writing. I like what Robert Smith of The Cure said in an interview as I was just starting out; "The best advice is don't take any advice."