As a songwriter, it’s important that you understand that there is more to it than catchy lyrics and rhyming lines together. Most songwriters will look to impose their own personality – and experiences – on their lyrics. And to do this, you need to be able to follow a specific set of routines and ideas to ensure your body and mind are combining together as one.
Make sure that you are looking at the ability of other songwriters and seeing how they work on a daily basis. Think and try about the following four subjects that songwriters forget to do on a daily basis:
Treat Your Body Well
You might write deep, engaging or witty lyrics, either way keep in mind that a healthy body creates a healthy mind. To get this right and to give yourself the perfect push forward, you need to start living the right quality of life. Eat small portions of food often, rest and get some exercise to keep the brain as engaged as your body. This will be a vital part of your growth and development as a person, and will really pay dividends down the line.
Being able to put in the enormous levels of time and commitment needed to your music should be easy for you, as it will be your driving force, your passion. If you aren’t willing to put that hard work and devotion in then you aren’t likely to see the benefits and growth that you could have. You might never become a best-selling artist – very few ever do – but if you want to feel content that your music represents you and fulfill your aims, then you need to be able to devote the time to create something that feels genuinely unique.
Take Criticism with a Pinch of Salt
Letting criticism put you in the dirt and leave you not wanting to write anything again? Just remind yourself of this; the creative arts bring out more faux-experts than anything else in this world. If you want to progress as a songwriter you need thick skin and on those days where a scathing review comes in just look at the credentials of the person. If it’s someone with a genuine background in music and quality lyrics themselves then fair enough, but if it’s just some YouTube comment? Don’t let it ruin your confidence and belief.
Use That Experience
Every day is a school day and you need to use your new experiences and new pieces of information that you learn about to fuel your success and give your life the best possible chance of being a legitimate, long-term success. Consider that experience and how far it has actually taken you in life – look at everything you achieved today, and ensure that these experiences forge the basis for your next song. Writing about the same stuff over and over gets you nowhere, but introducing the changes in your life will.