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3 Productivity Tricks To Improve Your Songwriting

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3 Productivity Tricks To Improve Your Songwriting

You MUST find the time…

You don’t get your time back. Ever.

But once you make the time, what then?

In this songwriting cheat sheet, I recommend starting with a title. But what if you’re just not in the mood to write?

How do you overcome procrastination and write more songs?

Here are 3 songwriting productivity tricks you can use today...

1. Warm Up

If you wait for inspiration to write; you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter. -Dan Poynter

You’ve been tricked.

You’ve heard the legends about famous songwriters who find hit songs lying around in their couch cushions.

Not only are the legends probably exaggerated, they describe 1 out of 100 songs, if that.

You’ll usually find your creative peak after you’ve warmed up.

Start simple and easy.

Step 1: Warm up the body.

Increasing your blood flow helps you think.

Research shows that when we exercise, blood pressure and blood flow increase everywhere in the body, including the brain. More blood means more energy and oxygen, which makes our brain perform better.
Why Do I Think Better after I Exercise? - Scientific American

Step 2: Warm up your instrument and voice.

You don’t need get your chops up to top speed.

You just need to remove any cobwebs that could bum out your session.

Here are a few places to start:

Step 3: Warm up your writing.

Start with a prompt…

Grab a random word or phrase, put it into Google Images, and describe what you see.

Use all the senses.

Extra Credit: Use the Lyric Triad as a writing prompt.

That’s it. Get your blood and brain moving for a few minutes before you dig in.

Still procrastinating? Here's trick #2...

2. Show Up Like You’re At The Spa

Make an appointment today. A "songwriting spa" appointment.

Put it in your calendar. It will last only one hour.

No big commitment.

Next, follow Terry Crews' advice to a guy struggling to find the motivation to work out...

Hey Terry,
Any tips for a guy struggling to find the motivation to work out daily, and just practice better fitness on the whole?

(read Terry's entire response...)

Yes. It has to feel good. I tell people this a lot - go to the gym, and just sit there, and read a magazine, and then go home. And do this every day.
Go to the gym, don't even work out. Just GO. Because the habit of going to the gym is more important than the work out. Because it doesn't matter what you do. You can have fun - but as long as you're having fun, you continue to do it.
But what happens is you get a trainer, your whole body is sore, you can't feel your legs, and you're not coming back the next day - you might not come back for a year!
I worked my way up to 2 hours a day. I ENJOY my workouts. They are my peace, my joy - I get my whole head together! I value that time more than my shower! And it really gets me together. But it's a habit.
There are times when - I'm not even kidding - there are times when I"m in the middle of a work out, and actually woke up because i am so engrained with going to the gym and being there - it's that much of a habit to me. The first thing I do in the morning is work out - I lay out my workout clothes the night before, and just hop in 'em.
So lay out your clothes, and go to the gym, and relax.
But sooner or later, you WILL work out.

Show up and have fun.

The habit is more valuable than the writing.

Sooner or later, you WILL write a song!

3. Measure Your Output

You can't improve what you don't measure.

Measure something, anything.

Doesn’t matter what you start measuring.

Don’t feel like you have to measure everything. Just pick one thing and stick with it for a while.

Think of it as a measuring sprint instead of a marathon, if that helps.

You’ll get a baseline and then you can stop measuring and just check in every once in awhile.

Then, you can measure something new.

Just a few ideas of things to measure:

  • Song count
  • Time invested
  • Word count

For the next 14 days, measure your songwriting output so you know exactly how many songs you're writing and how long it takes.

Once you know, I guarantee you'll want to improve it.

By measuring, you just made it a game!

As you improve your numbers, you gain confidence, motivation, and the momentum it takes to keep going.

That's why I include a songwriting game in the Speed Songwriting System that allows you to...

  • Apply game theory to motivate yourself to write (and get a gambler's high with your songwriting wins AND losses)
  • Measure your songwriting output so you know exactly how many songs you're writing and how long it takes
  • Push the pleasure button in your brain so you're pumped up to write another song

Click here to learn more...

Why is Speed Important?

Because your time is important. Once it's gone, you don't get it back.

You're already writing at a speed.

Small changes can make a big difference.

You're a valuable, limited-edition songwriter.

There are only so many tomorrows.

Whatever you want to do, do it now!

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14 Responses to 3 Productivity Tricks To Improve Your Songwriting

  1. Jeff October 14, 2015 at 9:57 PM #

    Thank you Graham,
    This is a beautiful gift your giving

    Jeff W

  2. Chuck Sadosky October 15, 2015 at 9:57 AM #

    ...thank you for the tips...helps shake off the fog..

  3. jesse November 10, 2015 at 1:17 PM #

    The blood flow thing explains why it's always easiest for me to write at work.

    • Graham English November 16, 2015 at 3:35 PM #

      I best it explains why people get lots of great ideas in the shower, too. 🙂

  4. Martin Craig December 20, 2015 at 4:17 AM #

    Great tips! I've written songs whilst out running, using the rhythm of my footsteps to create the beat. No good for ballads of course...

    • Graham English December 20, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

      A good friend of mine wrote a song to the drone of his lawnmower. Similar ingenuity. 🙂

  5. Andy December 22, 2015 at 6:34 PM #

    Thanks Graham, I'm actually recording my first cd, ever. And I'm noticing as I'm driving home from the sessions, I'm half way into a new song. It does work, the warm ups. Thanks for being honest with us.

  6. Aaron Morse June 27, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

    Thanks pal I've been writing since I was 5 but right now after a divorce and a tragedy you'd think I'd be loaded with so many emotions to spill into my guitar and writing but it's been a struggle for a about a year now. I even bought two new guitars and I can't force myself to do my two favorite things sings/play songs and write songs and just write. I forget it's so much about habit and challenging myself to be better and most important tomorrow isn't guaranteed. Needed that pep talk and some ideas like the making a game and keeping track because I've been playing since I was seven so skill level isn't the problem, making it a game that I get faster and faster at is great. Thank you

  7. Barry Rice August 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

    Very Good Grahm! Thanks for still sending me your emails!

  8. [email protected] October 20, 2016 at 12:13 AM #

    Thank you Graham, I seriously needed this!

  9. Paul Alex Campbell February 20, 2017 at 5:10 AM #

    Thanks, very interesting!

  10. Zed Field March 31, 2017 at 9:16 AM #

    I am prolific with lyrics my motive can be anything from observing others or myself...reading poetry or art can circulate ideas l prefer to write in the morning but lyrics can come at any time..l am lucky to be a vocalist so l can work the lyric around my voice. I have a Yamaha workstation so that allows many genres to appear. Cheers Zed aka Nuzu

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