As a songwriter, what’s a good place to start once you have a title or an idea of what you’re going to write about? Prose. But, instead of jumping right in, try closing your eyes, thinking about your idea, and then writing what you see.
Would you keep writing if you knew you’d never make a dollar with your music?
A common songwriting problems is figuring out what to write, whether it’s “I don’t know what to write about” or “I have a great idea but I don’t know what to say about it!” Brainstorming is a way to eliminate this problem, so you can unblock yourself and have more ideas than you need for a song.
If you’re not familiar with music theory, the circle of fifths and key signatures might fill your brain with intense boredom or confusion.
Getting the balance right between craft, routine, and chore is hard. We all struggle. As much as I dream of being a full-time writer, it’s more likely I will have to continue juggling it round work, socialising, and other (neglected) hobbies.