So this is the main lesson I want to leave you with. No matter how much you desire change, you have to take action to get the momentum rolling your way. Here are a few things you can do now to help you change old habits get your writing back on track.
Commit to a weekly co-write! It is so much easier to sit down and write knowing you’ve scheduled a co-write with someone and you have to show up! Not to mention how much more fun it is to sit in a room and share stories and work on a song with someone else, rather than staring at a blank sheet of paper all alone. I can’t tell you enough how this has helped my career through the years. Without this I may have never written my first hit or my next! This is the nature of human being. When we have a commitment, we tend to stick to it better than a solo schedule for ourselves. When you are learning a new language, which approach is better? To roll in a course and attend weekly classes or just randomly write along at home whenever you desire to? Of course the first one works much better because you have made that commitment and not only that, but because of that commitment, you spend time and get prepared for your session during the week.
Get a mentor. Who will teach you all they know and drive you to be a better songwriter and potentially a better businessman! A great mentor can help spot your strengths and weaknesses and how to use them for your advantage. A mentor will hold you accountable and help you focus on what you need to be focusing on to reach your goals. A good mentor can be like a good parent, to prepare you for living on your own in the society, teaching you all the details, not only musically but mentally and morally – that exactly is the difference between and a teacher and a mentor – and then leave you in that society. A great mentor will most probably even use their connections and relationships to introduce you to key people around them and to make you be able to have a smooth beginning in the industry.