Okay, let’s clarify something here. Having a songwriting process does not mean that you have to force yourself to write songs.
Nothing gets done if you force things. It goes against nature itself.
In nature, changes happen in their own time and at their own pace. Things grow, evolve, breathe and become whatever they are supposed to be.
The problem with us human beings is that we try to hurry things along because we feel that nature moves too slow for us and it’s the same with songwriting.
With a songwriting process, all we’re trying to do is facilitating a set of activities with the end result being a constant flow of songwriting ideas. We achieve this flow by writing without concentrating on the end result.
When we engage ourselves in our songwriting process we are already moving towards the completion of a song. This is automatic.
Have you noticed that when you sit down in front of a blank piece of paper and say to yourself “I am going to write a song now” you immediately put yourself under pressure to do just that.
The pressure you’ve placed yourself under then triggers off your inner voice to say things like “ok then, start writing but, it better be good” or “are you sure you have something to write about” or “don’t you have something more important to do right now?”
More often than not we give into our inner voices and we find the reasons NOT to write. This is where the songwriters block cycle starts.
If you look at each day of your life as a means of creating possible songwriting ideas you’ll more easily incorporate writing songs as a part of what you do in life, just like getting up in the morning.
If, in your day to day songwriting activity you become inspired to finish a song then great. If nothing comes from the activity then, great. You’re still doing what you love.
Can you see where I am going with this?
Don’t force your songs to come out, get out of your own way and let them happen and they will appear soon enough.
It doesn’t matter WHAT you write, what matters is THAT you write. Doing this will allow your songs to breathe, grow and evolve from the songwriting ideas that you initially come up with.
Remember, you are a songwriter and writing songs is in your nature so do it, live it, breathe it and BE IT.
Until next time, keep on writing,
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