Gwen Stefani and No Doubt are working on a new album, their first in ten years, and the singer says they are "desperate" to write good songs.

Stefani told Q magazine (via NME) that the new album doesn't have a particular theme: "We wish we were good enough to craft it and have a vision, but our songwriting process is sort of desperate -- we're just praying that something comes out."

She added that writing sessions must take place between 5 PM and midnight to accommodate her schedule as a mother. "That's the horror of any creative person, to have to be creative between certain times," Stefani said.

Stefani also acknowledged taking songwriting advice from one of pop music's icons: "Prince once said to me, 'Do you ever just try and write a hit song? You know, instead of trying to be all arty about it?'"

No Doubt's last new album was 2001's 'Rock Steady,' which included 'Hey Baby,' 'Hella Good' and 'Underneath it All.' They did release a compilation in 2003 featuring the new hit 'It's My Life.' Stefani recorded two solo albums after that before deciding to record again with the band in 2008.

Watch the No Doubt 'It's My Life' Video