Stop these three bad songwriting habits from holding back your songwriting and making it harder to get your great songs written!
In this article you’ll learn to identify and solve three bad songwriting habits
1. Waiting for Inspiration
2. Saying “I Can’t” and
Bad Songwriting Habit #1: Waiting for Inspiration
You aren’t really waiting to be inspired… this is just an excuse to avoid songwriting….
The best way to write a song is…to write it, not wait for it!
For every story about the songwriter who wrote a hit instantly… they also wrote a dozen other songs the old fashioned way… one word at a time.
You can solve this by learning to let go of your “inner editor”… don’t think of an idea and criticising it! Flip the switch and write ideas without judgement, some will be bad, some will be great. Don’t edit until you’ve finished brainstorming.
Intuitively, most believe you should be able to start writing at the beginning of a song and working straight through to the end… I call this the Worst Way to Write a Song!
Bad Songwriting Habit #2: Saying “I can’t…”
Talking about or thinking about how you can’t do something results in: not doing it!
A negative world view leads to a toxic combination of procrastination and self-fulfilling prophecy… you get what you’re asking for….
The solution is to decide what you:
- Really want
- Are honestly willing to do
- Really, really want!
- Start working towards what you want… it’s not always easy!
Then commit to working towards your goals (or choose better goals)!
- Imagine yourself “doing” instead of “not doing”
- Catch yourself when you say “no” or “can’t”
- Ask yourself why you can’t, why you are afraid of it
When you are avoiding something you know you should be doing, figure why you are blocking yourself….
Bad Songwriting Habit #3: Hiding
If you play your song in your basement, does anyone hear it?
If you build it, they will still have to find you….
Once you write it / play it / record it they will still have to find you!
Go outside, get out of your music studio
Go hear live music, talk to other people, musicians, songwriters… make friends.
Publish it, the Publicize it
Finish the song, finish recording it, finish mixing it, master that recording, and release your recording…
Put your music out there… they can’t love you until they’ve heard it!