When you can't find time to write, write for shorter periods of time—according to musician and songwriter, Cliff Goldmacher, in this online songwriting video.
- [Instructor] When it comes to pursuing a career in songwriting, there are a whole bunch of different kinds of problems that are not about how to write a song, as much as how to go about finding, for example, the time to write a song. So one of the things that I came across early on when I had a full-time job and was trying to write was how do I find that time? More importantly, how do I find it consistently? One of the things that you have to do early on, even when it's not your official job, is to treat songwriting like a job and show up.
Meaning, look, if you said you're going to take some time and write on Thursday, just because you have laundry or your cousin wants to get together for a drink, doesn't mean that you can blow off songwriting if you're serious about it. If it's a job, you're supposed to show up and do the work. One of my favorite quotes when it comes to this topic is the great writer Dorothy Parker once said, Writing is the art of, and I'm paraphrasing here, applying the butt to the seat. So if you're serious about this, then sit down and do it, when you say you're going to sit down and do it.
Now, there is another solution to this that makes this easier to do, especially when you're busy. Don't try and find, for example, three hours to sit down and write. Find 15 minutes. Don't make it so that the only time you set aside to write are these enormous chunks of time, because we both know that the likelihood of finding those often, early on in your career when you're most likely doing something else for work, is very, very slim. Find a few minutes consistently every day to write, and what you will find is that that tends to add up.
So if you can't seem to find time to write, first of all, make the time. And second of all, make that time shorter and more manageable so you can build up some momentum and flex, what I refer to as, those songwriting muscles more often.
- Finding title ideas for your songs
- Determining if your song is finished
- Making your songs unique
- Finding the time to write
- Pitching your songs
- Pros and cons of publishing deals
- Networking for introverts
- Finding the right studio team for your demo
- Pitching your song demos to film and TV