Have you ever set aside some time to write, but then NOTHING happened? You turned off the cell phone, shut down the laptop, got out the guitar or went to the keys, but were absolutely dry inside? Zip? Nada? Nothing?
You probably know the feeling… you stare at the page for an hour with NOTHING…You type some words on the screen and then ERASE THEM, like 12 times…You sit and play the same THREE CHORDS over and over on the guitar or keys and you get so BORED you just give up and go get a big bowl of ice cream?
Then you’re left sitting there judging yourself and being all Les Mis because you’re not getting anything done, feeling like a loser and wondering if you’ll EVER get a great song written, right? For a songwriter, this is death.
And, what’s worse is that this one bad songwriting session can easily turn into another bad songwriting session and another and another, UNTIL your frustration has compounded to the point you don’t even want to write anymore because you just can’t face the disappointment with yourself.
But, what if you had a simple solution, a way to sidestep the frustration, and a proven method to make every songwriting session a win? Wouldn’t that be more than awesome? Of course it would! So, here it, the “secret” to making every songwriting session deliver results. I’ve used this “formula” to write and publish over 400 songs personally and to manage dozens of professional songwriters and produce hundreds of records, books, musicals, and other products.
First, have a songwriting goal for every session. Getting clear about what you want to write and why you want to write it is a quantum leap towards your success. Going into a session with no target will leave you wandering around chord progressions and lyric starts that may never lead you anywhere. Having a clear goal means you can actually measure results. Am I writing for children today? A worship song for my church? Something for radio or artists to hear and possibly record? Is it a message in my heart to sing?