When you're uninspired or hesitant to write songs, telling yourself you're only going to write for five minutes is a trick that industry pro, Cliff Goldmacher, recommends in his weekly online songwriting course. By making it less intimidating for yourself to write, you're opening up the possibility that you'll work for much longer than a few minutes. However, if the songwriting isn't coming that day, five minutes is enough.
- Tell yourself you'll only write for five minutes.…This is one of my all time favorite tricks.…On days where you're really struggling to make yourself…sit down and write,…tell yourself you'll sit down and write for five minutes.…If nothing's happening after five minutes,…at least you tried.…It is astonishing how often those days…are the days where the breakthroughs happen.…Taking the pressure off of yourself may be all that you need…to get on a roll.…Sometimes that resistance might be because you know there's…something in there and you'll have to face it if…you sit down to write.…
It's always worth exploring.…That being said,…if it's just not coming,…stop.…There's no point in making yourself miserable.…You can always sit back down to write again tomorrow.…
Listen to the songs Cliff references in the course by subscribing to his Spotify playlist, Cliff's Weekly Songwriting Tips.
- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a weekly writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
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