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Overcoming Songwriting Inertia

Sometimes it’s hard for me to believe that I was once a very prolific songwriter. I have notebooks full of songs, some that I forgot that I even wrote. At some point in my life though, certain things got in the way, and I stopped writing altogether.

I decided quite awhile back again that writing was important to me. Yet I couldn’t ever seem to find the time, inspiration or energy to start writing again on a consistent basis.  We always tend to make time for things we feel are important. I rarely miss a day of exercise. The same is true with practicing my instrument. But for me, songwriting always took a back seat to everything else in my life, at least for the past several years.

The problem is that I was always waiting till late evening to write, after everything else was done. I have found that for me, that simply doesn’t work. By that time of the day, I’m usually really tired. Songwriting, while enjoyable, takes a lot of effort. It’s not mindless activity for me. It takes planning, problem solving, etc., and when I’m really tired, that’s the last thing I want to do.

So today I decided to try a different approach. I got up 45 minutes early. I started writing immediately, while I drank my coffee and ate my breakfast, before I did anything else. I finally overcame my songwriting inertia. Now I’m determined to do this daily, again before anything else in my day gets in my way. It’s amazing to me how simple changes in your life can make a huge difference in the results you produce.

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