After looking back and taking stock of what last year had to offer, it’s time for us to dig in and start preparing ourselves for songwriting success in the year to come. There are so many facets to life as a songwriter that there’s always something we can do to move the ball forward. To that end, I’ve listed a few New Year’s resolutions starting with the little things and moving up to the big ones.
1. Write down a song title every day.
If you take a minute or two every morning to wake up your inner songwriter, you’ll be amazed at the cumulative results by year’s end. Keep a small notebook by your bed and write down a song title first thing every day. Don’t spend a ton of time on these, just write down the first thing that comes to mind. Some of your titles will be uninspired but others will be genuinely unique and song-ready. This notebook is a great way of not having to start from scratch when it’s time to sit down and write. Sometimes a title that seemed dull when you were writing it down will inspire a great song when you see it again later. It’s a small thing, but it’s a reminder that inspiration is an active pursuit.
2. Find a new (or your first) co-writer.
Carrying the weight of creating a song by yourself is both a worthwhile challenge and a discouraging burden, depending on the day. Sharing the load with a co-writer is a great way to stay motivated and explore different approaches to songwriting. If you’ve already got an established group of co-writers, go find someone new to get you out of your regular routine. If you’ve never co-written, now’s the time. Finding the right co-writer who has strengths where you have weaknesses and vice versa will simply make for better songs. It takes courage and a bit of a thick skin to open up your creative process to another writer, but if you’re both respectful and have a great song as the ultimate goal, you’ll almost certainly be glad you did it.
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