From all of my years of writing songs, one of the main lessons I’ve learnt is that in order to be prolific, you need to be consistent.
You need to just show up and do the work.
There is no use in learning how to write verses, choruses, bridges, middle eights if you don’t take any action in implementing what you’ve learnt.
Plus, there is no use in learning how to refine your songwriting process, cultivate songwriting ideas and internalising songwriting tips if you don’t take any action in implementing what you’ve learnt.
The first steps in taking that action is by simply showing up and doing the work.
I was inspired to write this by a Reece Robertson article called The Simple Power Of Showing Up in which he says that…
The world is facing an epidemic right now; that is everyone wants to be successful, yet no one is willing to put in the work to be successful. We have been dumbed down and turned into dopamine and instant gratification seeking drones at our own will.
This reminded me of experiences I have had in past conversations with songwriters who were complaining about how uninspired they were feeling and how it was the fault of the world that this was the case.
Reece then goes on to say that…
For many, their environment has become so trigger-laden that it seems easier to simply talk about the work, rather than to actually do the work.
BINGO! Therein lies the issue here.
Songwriting (as well as any creative pursuit) is just as much a verb as it is a noun. It’s not enough just to say you’re a songwriter. No, you have to back that up with some songs.
This article also says that you can’t be a writer if you don’t write, you can’t be a cook if you never cook and you can’t be an athlete if you never train.
Writing songs encompasses all of those things. You write, you cook your recipe through your songwriting process and you become better at your craft by writing every day.
This is your training.
Right now, with the FAWM Songwriting Challenge in full swing, this lesson of just showing up and doing the work couldn’t be anymore relevant if it tried.
So, do just that… Show up and do the work, don’t just talk about how many songs you’re going to write. Just write them.
Check out the article The Simple Power Of Showing Up and see if you answer the following question…
What motivates you to write songs?
What gets you out of bed and put pen to paper? Feel free to let me know. I’d love to hear from you.
Until next time, show up, do the work and keep on writing,
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