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Ever hear the phrase “paralysis by analysis?” It means that you spend so much time analyzing why something isn’t going well that you wind up stuck, unable to move in any direction. It’s a common feeling in the arts.
So it’s time to stop thinking so hard, and time to simply get writing! Here are 10 quick, short-snapper truths that are meant to get you to stop thinking so hard, and start writing – NOW!
- Waiting to get inspired is just an excuse. Start writing NOW, and write as if your life depends on it.
- Your own music should be your greatest source of inspiration.
- If you don’t listen to music critically every day, you are working in a vacuum.
- If you listen and work in one single genre, day in, day out, you are stunting your own creative growth.
- Yes, it is possible to write what you don’t know about. Especially if not knowing is what your song is about.
- There is no rule that governs how long a good song takes to write. It can be minutes; it can be years.
- If you’ve written a song that doesn’t generate an emotional response in a listener, you’ve wasted a lot of time.
- It is normal to despair when someone hates your music. (Nonetheless, don’t despair.)
- Someone hating your music is not an indication that you’ve written a bad song. In fact, you may have written a masterpiece.
- It’s not plagiarism to deliberately try to sound like your songwriting heroes. (The Beatles did it all the time.)
Written by Gary Ewer. Follow on Twitter.
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