Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tip #14: Maybe it's complete already

Approaching the end of our series of 14-1/2 tips for writing quickly.

One of the secrets of artistic genius is knowing when to stop.

If you find yourself struggling to fill in the missing pieces of your song, it's time to think the unthinkable: maybe your song doesn't need that piece at all.

Trying playing through the song with just the pieces you have. Does it say what you need it to say? Does it fill its space effectively? If so, maybe you can stop writing and declare success. You might just happen to have a brilliantly enigmatic song with a daring and unconventional shape.

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