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Writing Songs – It Doesn’t Matter Where You Start, As Long As You Start Somewhere

Sometimes writing songs is a linear experience.

You come across a possible song title that jumps out at you and after writing the first line of the first verse, a first draft is suddenly completed from start to finish.

Sometimes writing songs is a puzzle solving exercise.

You take a piece here, a song title there, a bit of a verse here and a half written phrase there and, after discovering the common thread that connects everything, a song is eventually completed.

Sometimes writing songs is like incubating an egg.

You finish writing a chorus but find you can’t go any further however, after leaving the half finished song for a period of time something triggers in your mind and the song magically completes itself.

Sometimes you start writing from the beginning and work forwards, sometimes you start from the middle and work outwards and sometimes you start at the end and work backwards.

But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you start, as long as you start somewhere.

What do you think?

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Songwriting – Making The Time To Write Songs Is Essential

I think most songwriters will say that the hardest thing about writing songs is finding the time to write and as we live in a world that tells us we have no time to do anything, how do we overcome this?

We overcome this situation by not buying into the fact that we have no time to write.

I think it was Zig Ziglar who once said that a “…lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

Every day, through every type of media, we’re bombarded with words and images promoting the latest time saving device or yet another solution to the “problem” of life just being way too busy.

It seems that society is cleverly turning us into obsessive time freaks and for what? So we can be sold the latest and greatest time saving device?

Now, I realise that this is a blog post about the gentle art of writing songs, not a forum about the ills of our western world but I wanted to give you all a bigger picture of what we, as songwriters, are up against.

Making time to write songs is essential for being a songwriter.

The trick is to know that it doesn’t matter how much time you devote to your craft, but that you at least devote some of your time to your craft every single day.

Let’s do some simple math shall we…

So, starting from today, January 25th 2020, if you devoted one hour a day to your songwriting, by the end of the year you will have have spent 341 hours honing your songwriting craft.

That’s 14 days and 5 hours of continuous songwriting time. How many songs do you reckon could you write in that time?

Or, let’s be even more generous. Even if you devoted just 30 minutes everyday, you’d still have a little over a week of continuous songwriting time at your fingertips.

Making time to do anything requires some sort of an evaluation of what you’re doing with your time right now. Ask yourself the question “What am I doing now that can be let go of or, made more efficient so I can fit in my songwriting?” 

Now, the answer to that question is going to be different for everyone but the way you come to that answer is pretty much the same for everybody.

Try this exercise, do a time audit.

For the next seven days (say, start on a Monday), write down everything that you do plus the times you do them. I’m talking about when you get up, when you go to work, go to sleep, have meals, watch television and everything else in-between.

To make this time audit work it’s important to be brutally honest with yourself here.

By the end of the seven days, you should be able to see some activity patterns emerge. Maybe you need to stop watching TV so much or get up an hour earlier to fit some songwriting into your day.

Once you can see your life from a different perspective, it’s easier to make the changes needed. If you start making the time to write now, the rewards will become self evident down the track.

What do you think you can do to free up some time to write more songs? Let me know.

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

Any Songwriters Wishing To Collaborate? Let Me Know!

Let me cut to the chase right here, right now…

This year I want to work with more lyricists, poets, writers and any other creative individuals.

Are you out there? If you are, I’d love to talk with you.

I’ve been taking a dip in the collaboration pool for a little while now and I’m really loving it.

You see, I’m at the point in my songwriting where I’m very comfortable either writing songs by myself or with others but I still think that collaborating with others is the next step in my development as a songwriter.

I want to be able to shape songs out of different points of view and be challenged by sonically interpreting the experiences of others.

The first of two main challenges I have in my songwriting process at the moment is lyric writing. I’m working on it but I learn so much more from working with other lyricists.

This admission may seem strange coming from someone like me who has written a lot about lyric writing and song idea gathering tips in earlier posts but I do try to practise what I preach.

I do write down the phrases I hear in conversation, I record all of my musical and lyrical ideas and I do make copious lists of possible song titles but my inner critic still has a field day every time I try to put lyrics down onto paper.

You see, my inner critic is a very persuasive and persistent entity and quite frankly, I’m becoming snowed under with all of my half finished songwriting ideas

I’m hoping that collaborating with other (song) writers will enable me to learn from them (and them from me) plus we’ll finish a few songs along the way.

This is especially pertinent with the FAWM (February Album Writing Month) Songwriting Challenge just around the corner.

So, are there any writers that want to collaborate with me? If so, let me know and lets start making beautiful music together.

I’ll even showcase our songs on All About Songwriting.

Until next time, happy writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting