There are so many ways a Songwriting Day can be stalled by roadblocks. You start out with good intentions to write a new song and then the phone rings, or you remember an errand you forgot, and there’s that email you need to answer. Before you know it you’ve spent the whole day doing anything and everything else but writing? Here’s some tips on how to stay focused and start a new song!
Make an appointment to write with a co-writer. This is the top thing that helps me show up to write. By making a commitment to write with someone at a specific time and place, it is twice as likely to happen. If you’re home by yourself there are projects around the house that need attention, emails to answer, etc. All easily become distractions that keep you from writing today.
Have all the tools you will need to write close at hand. The worst thing you can do when you hit upon a great idea is to get up and search your house for your guitar tuner, picks, or a notepad. I keep extra guitar strings around so if I break one I’m not running out the door to buy more. I even keep bottles of water available, so I can stay in my sanctuary for a few uninterrupted hours!
Writing the same time each day. This can be hard with busy schedules, but if possible, it’s the biggest single thing we can do for our creative minds. Studies have shown that our creative brains really like a routine. It doesn’t matter if you’re strumming your guitar every morning at 8 am, writing lyrics on a legal pad during your lunch break at work, or working on your next melody line in the garage each night after the kids are all asleep; the important thing is that your creative brain likes working at the same time each day. It loves finding the groove. Being in a groove cuts down the number of days you sit down, and nothing happens.
These are a few ideas that will help you eliminate the road blocks to your creative writing. Focused writing can be a challenge in today’s busy world but gets easier with practice and the rewards are great. When you find your groove and start creating new songs, your heart and soul will thank you!
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