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Month: February 2019

Songwriting – Just Show Up And Do The Work

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,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Nine Ways To Stay Calm When Writing Songs Stresses You Out

We all know that sometimes life, stresses you out for many, many different reasons. This is particularly true when writing songs especially if you’re participating in a demanding songwriting challenge such as FAWM or RPM.

In an article on The Guardian website – Deep Breath, Cup Of Tea, Long Walk: Nine Ways To Stay Calm In A CrisisDr Mithu Storoni writes that…

…Your brain records things as you perceive them, not as they actually happen. So if you launch a colossal stress reaction every time someone nudges you on the train, or you read an annoying news headline, or discover you’ve run out of milk, your brain will record your day as having been inordinately stressful when in reality it was quite ordinary. Over time, an overactive emotional brain has trouble bouncing back.

This means that if you find yourself in the middle of a bout of songwriters block it probably means that you need to let go of some of that built up stress you have inside in which the cause of it could’ve come from anywhere.

The nine ways to stay calm in a crisis mentioned in the article are as follows…

  • Gentle morning exercise
  • Spend time with a friend
  • Start the day outside
  • Remember to breathe
  • Take control
  • Pour a brew
  • Immerse yourself in something else
  • Go for a walk
  • Write it down

The above list seems like common sense when you look at it however, I know from experience that common sense flies out the window once you find yourself in the middle of a stressful event such as songwriters block.

Anyways, check out Deep Breath, Cup Of Tea, Long Walk: Nine Ways To Stay Calm In A Crisis and see if you can answer this question…

“What things do you do to stay calm in a stressful situation?”

Right now, I’m going to get away from the computer and enjoy the rest of the weekend by going for a walk.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting


Original Article: ‘Deep breath, cup of tea, long walk’: nine ways to stay calm in a crisis | Life and style | The Guardian

This Week In Songwriting #04: January 26th – February 1st, 2019

Here are some interesting songwriting links I found online for the week ending Friday February 1st, 2019.

Enjoy 🙂


This Week In Songwriting #04: January 26th – February 1st, 2019

30 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Music

The “Story Hook” Challenge: 176 Popular Hooks For Songs

Can’t Find Something To Write Music About? Here Are 4 Tips

Analysis Of Every Billboard Top 5 Song In 2018 – The Structure And Composition Of A Hit

10 Amazing Song Plots To Inspire Your Songwriting Right Now

Beat Your Songwriting Block with These 5 Exercises

How To Write A Song In 10 Easy Steps (For Beginners)

5 Exercises That Will Make You a Better Songwriter

15 Of The Most Tried-and-True Songwriting Prompts

(Song) Writer’s Block: Causes, Symptoms, & Cures (Overcoming It)

How To Deal With Writer’s Block For Songwriters

Flawless Songwriting

The Main Differences Between Verse and Chorus Chord Progressions

Make Money And Reach New Fans Through Your Lyrics

3 Productivity Tricks To Improve Your Songwriting


Well, that was This Week In Songwriting #94. If there are any songwriting links that you want me to check out then either comment below or, feel free to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

Until next time, have a great weekend and make sure you keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting