At the end of the day, writing songs can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it.
One of the main reasons why songwriters find the songwriting process difficult is that they get in their own way by placing a pre-determined outcome to their process.
There are a lot of songwriters that have an inability to let go of the outcome and just allow themselves to write.
For example, while writing, a songwriter may say things to themselves like:
- This song must be a good one
- This song must be original
- I can’t sound like anyone else
- This song can’t be bad
- I must be inspired when I write
- I don’t have anything to write about
Let’s bring this back to you now.
If you were experiencing all of this negative dialogue while you were trying to write a song, do you think you would be able to finish it?
I don’t think so.
Creativity in any form exists because its creator, is free from all distraction. Learning to let go enables you, the songwriter to become free.
Allowing ourselves the freedom to create without any prejudice or pre-conceived notions is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to ourselves.
Next time you start writing a song try this.
As you start writing, think of nothing else but writing. Don’t worry if the result is going to be a good or bad. Better still, don’t think of any result at all.
Just write… Treat writing like it’s a meditation.
As you write you will hear your inner voice start to rant. When this happens, write down the rant on another piece of paper and allow it to pass through you rather than let it rattle around inside your head.
Treat these negative rantings as if you’re a matador allowing a feisty bull to run past your red cloth.
You never know, at the end of your songwriting session you might have finished a song plus have the beginnings of another and it’s all thanks to letting go and getting out of your own way.
What are the things that your inner critic says to you that creates a barrier between you and your songwriting?
What can you do to break it down and set you free?
Until next time, keep on writing,
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