Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tip #8: Beat the clock

Continuing our series of tips for writing quickly.

An athlete finds every possible way to squeeze fractions of a second out of the sprint from point A to point B. An extra tenth of a second could easily be the margin of victory.

Ordinarily, songwriting has no deadlines, and as a result it's often a lazy and sluggish event. But you can bring some of the athlete's competitive spirit into your songwriting. Work with a stopwatch, an hourglass, or a timer, and decide that you're going to beat the clock. Can you write 4 lines of lyrics in 3 minutes? You make up your own challenge, and then start the clock.

If you challenge your limits, you'll not only write faster, but you'll also bring more muscular energy into your songs.

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