Sometimes helpful songwriting stuff is hidden in plain view, like an above ground crypt you don’t even notice looking over the cemetery on the way to work, but they’re just as dead to you. Time for a little Lazarus action and do a little reviving…
- Write now, edit later: Too many a good idea went bye-bye trying to play editor when writers are supposed to be writing. Cuff yourself with a newspaper across the nose if you find yourself editing a line when the flow is pushing the fingers to write.
- Keep up with the flow: Sometimes it’s pretty damned hard to keep up with the flow of ideas or excitement when a song is shooting out of the birthing canal like Jamaican bobsledders down the track, but keep up with it. It’s actually a pretty good sign you’ve cleared your brains cache and you’re in full writing mode.
- ID the clock’s sweet spot for writing: Some peeps write best in the morning, some best at night. Maybe you’ve just written when you could find time. It might help to identify which time of day gets you the best material, then try to work around it as best you can.
- Hammering over a tune leaves it dented: There is a point, let’s face it, a tune “is what it is,” and hammering over it only puts more dents in it like the skin of a golf ball. Either call it done, or give it a break and come back another time. Your brain is likely fatigued anyway and not the best perspective or judge on what is good.
- Talk it out: Sometimes you might not feel like writing, or even the physical act of typing or handwriting. Ever try just talking it out in to a digital recorder? Could be just like those times when you got talkin’ to a co-writer and ideas came in, only now you’ve got them recorded so you don’t have to worry about losing them either.
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