Don’t wait until one song is finished before starting your next one.
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There are two important aspects – definitions, really – for what it means to be busy as a songwriter. One is an obvious one: spending a good amount of time every day actually sitting down to write. If you’re an average writer with a day job or school, you should consider writing five days out of seven to be a commitment to aim for.
But there is another kind of busy: keeping several songs in the writing stage at any one time.
One of the biggest causes of writer’s block is the attempt to focus entirely on one particular songwriting project at a time. If you’re normal, your brain will run dry of ideas fairly quickly, and you’ll need to take a break from whatever you’re writing in order to “recharge”.
But try this: instead of taking a break, simply move on to a new song, one that’s completely different in sound, feel, mood and performance style. It’s a bit like following the old adage, “A change is as good as a rest.”
Because most of the time, your artistic brain is more than capable of working for much longer periods of time. The issue is more one of a clogged imagination. You’re trying to create something out of proverbial thin air, and it’s stuck.
But setting your mind to something totally new will show you that your creative brain is still very much capable of working.
So give it a try. Keeping three, four, or even more songs on the go at any one time is very easy to do, and you’ll be surprised at how much more prolific you’re able to be as a songwriter.
Written by Gary Ewer. Follow on Twitter.
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