I know the moment all too well. I finally get some free time to write music. I grab my guitar. I grab my pen and paper. Sit down to write.
Buttttt then five other ideas shoot into my head. I want to look up vacations I can’t afford on AirBNB, I want to watch Netflix, etc.
I decide ill write tomorrow, then tomorrow passes, and the day after that passes.
As songwriters, we cannot afford to wait until tomorrow to start writing. Use these tips to write TODAY.
You will learn two tactics one short term and one long term that I guarantee will help you write more.
That is the goal, writing MORE.
This is my motto:
If I write an okay song today, tomorrow I might write a great song, and the day after that, I just might write an amazing song.
Lets get to it.
Tip 1: The Pomodore Method
This is a short term trick. There is a saying, “The hardest part about writing is sitting down to write”. This method will help you sit down to write.
It is simple:
– Grab a timer, iPhone, clock, etc. The method is named after the Tomato timer your mother has in her kitchen. If you have one of those and want to be authentic, grab it. Set the timer for 25 minutes.
– Write, Write, Write with absolutely no distraction for 25 minutes. It’s only 25 minutes. The first time might be tough, but keep at it.
– RING RING. When that timer goes off STOP. No matter what groove you are in. STOP. This is crucial.
– Take a 5 minute break (walk around, move, get a cup of tea, dance). The key here is just do something completely unrelated to the writing task.
– Stay diligent with these times. You can’t run over, or stop short. Those are the rules.
– Grab your timer again, and set it for another 25 minutes. Write, Write, Write, RING, STOP.
– Break again for 5 minutes
– Repeat as many times as you like. I recommend a longer break after four or more 25 minute sessions.
You get the idea? The goal here is to break your writing down into more manageable tasks. Thinking about writing for 2 hours is scary. But I bet you’d be surprised how fast two hours go by when you split it into these sprints and breaks.
Give it a shot, and let me know how it worked in the comments.
Tip 2: 10 Day Sprints
So we are going to take your writing goals and break them out into what I will call sprints. 10 Day Sprints to be exact. For this method, all you will need is a note book (even notes in your phone will work).
To start, think about what goal you want to meet with your writing in 10 days. Be aggressive, but also be realistic.
Grab a notebook, and write that idea down.
For me, I just wrote down “Write 2 new complete songs”.
Each day when you wake up, open your notebook.
At the top of a blank page write out:
In 10 days I will “Your goal here”.
You are going to check into this notebook in the morning and evening of each day.
In the morning lay out the 3 things you want to do that day, and what time you are going to do them. Stick to that plan. Day 1 might be draft 2 Verses and a Chorus. It could be simpler. It could come up with a hook.
Again this will all depend on the goal you picked.
The important thing is to write these goals down daily, and do your best to complete them.
At night, you will open your notebook, and reflect on what you accomplished. Simply check off things you did, and leave things you did not do.
Then, write a quick one or two sentences on why you did not do, what you did not do.
Rinse and repeat this process. On day 2, you will start your day writing, “In 9 days I will “Your goal here”.”, then list out your three objectives. At night, check and reflect.
Thats it. The goal with this one is to start holding your self accountable. Also, you are breaking down your larger goals into daily tasks. This so effective for songwriters, and is really applicable in accomplishing any goal.
Before you know it, 10 days will have passed, and I guarantee your writing will have progressed.
Anyways that is all for today. Give these methods a try. Even use them together. I think you will be amazed with the results.
Let me know your feedback in the comments below.