So, you're a songwriter and you read the last post and now you're all fired up to write more songs. How do you do it? Like me, you probably have the best intentions about songwriting but struggle with the actual writing process.
Below are some tips that may help you find some time to work on songcraft. There are tons of online resources for songwriting and lots of songs yet to be written. Finding a way to make the time to chase those songs is worth it.
- WRITE SMALL. "Writing small" is helpful for the busy worship leader/songwriter. Songwriting doesn't have to be two hours long in the quiet of your chapel while you sip coffee and write in a Moleskine. If that's the only way you think you can do it, you're wrong. Got ten minutes in between meetings? Have a quiet night at home when the spouse is out or the kids go to sleep early? Carve out a little time to work on ideas. These breaks are creatively inspiring, but there also a little boost for your morale. You'll find way better after writing for 10-15 minutes.
- SET A TIMER. When you do have more time to dedicate to writing, give yourself an out. Set your timer for an hour and write solid for that hour. A popular screenwriter and author on Twitter often tweets "writer sprint" during the day to her followers. Her fans know that means they're supposed to write for one hour and then stop. And for songwriting, nobody says that you have to spend the hour on only one song. Work on a bridge idea, experiment with some riffs, read some old hymns or something. Just use the timer to keep you focused.
- CO-WRITE. I cannot say enough about this. Even though co-writing will almost always take longer to finish a song and is a lot harder logistically to make happen, the chemistry and excitement between two writers is addicting. Not every co-write is going to yield something awesome, but the time spent with another writer will be a big ol' dose of sunshine to your soul.
Don't give up! There are good songs inside of you! Any of you writers got other tips on how to carve out time to work on tunes?