Songwriting Motivation for the Day…

From The Everything Songwriting Book, by C.J. Watson:

“Why write when you’re not inspired?  Ask an Olympic medalist if he or she competes and trains only when inspired.  It’s usually an inspired performance that earned the medal, but that performance wouldn’t have been possible without years of training every day and competing in hundreds of events.”

My job/lifestyle doesn’t really permit me to have regularly scheduled writing sessions, but I make sure I make the most of the time I get to write.  One way I overcome an inspiration deficiency is to have  few “projects” going at a time.  At the moment, I’m putting together some educational children’s songs, and I can always work on submissions to my friend’s annual Christmas compilation.  Having these back-burner projects allows me, on the days when I’m not in the mood to bare my soul, to keep my songwriting chops in shape by writing about the life cycle of a sunflower or something.  I’m still brainstorming, I’m still coming up with rhymes, I’m still refining my sense of meter, but it relieves the pressure of having to create.

On a side note, the Everything Songwriting Book (link above) is a pretty good resource, especially for beginning songwriters.

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Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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