If you’re a human and you’re a songwriter, you’ve been there before.
You’ve been to that place where you want to throw in the towel – where you feel your work is awful and not worth anyone’s ears. You’ve been to that place where ideas happen, but finishing seems foreign. It seems impossible to call a song “done”.
In today’s podcast, I want to talk about how to give your songwriting the momentum it needs.
Because here’s the truth – we all need momentum. There’s no such thing as the songwriter who churns out hits without breaking a sweat. No writer can claim he can write a great song without struggle. Pouring your life and heart and time and skill into a song is agonizing, oftentimes frustrating work.
We want “fantastic”, fast. If we could have “brilliant” by the morning, life would be golden.
But allow me to simply free you up here. Nothing worth having comes without struggle. The pros are pros not because of how easy their work is but because of how committed and resilient they are in the face of setbacks. Struggle is part of the journey. Pain is part of the process. Without it, you wouldn’t have a song worth singing.
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Resources Mentioned in this Post
- eBook: The Worship Songwriter
- Blog Post: How to Use Evernote as Your Ultimate Songwriting Workstation
10 Ways to Develop Songwriting Momentum
- Pay for Your Lyrics
- Slow Down and Notice
- Mimic Other Writers
- Listen to New Music
- Write Based on Your Pastor’s Teaching
- Write Based on What Your Congregation is Going Through
- Write Out of Your Current Struggle
- Try Your Song Out with Some Friends
- Record Your Idea and Listen Back
- Get Lost in Worship
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