Songwriting mindmap

There’s nothing worse than writers block.  It can be downright maddening.  Hours spend writing… and rewriting… and rewriting… feeling like you’re on the cusp of something great that is just inches away.

I ran across a blog at http://www.andyharrisonmusic.com/8-step-lyric-writing-exercise that I found quite helpful.  Like many people, I am a visual learner and diagrams help me immensely.  So, I took the information and made a mind map!

This mind map is a series of prompts to assist you in focusing on the core ideas you want to write/sing about.  For each major prompt (blue) there are a series of subtopics you can write about.  With the exception of the sensory description – which should create a mental image, not simply describe – each prompt should be limited to ONE subtopic.

I was amazed at how much mapping helped with lyrics I was desperately struggling through.  Hope you can take something from this as well!

Songwriting mind map

To fall 7 and rise 8

“To fall seven and rise eight, life begins now” – Japanese Proverb

I was told about this proverb in my adolescent years during martial arts training. Sadly, it wasn’t until I was in my mid twenties that I started to really grasp its meaning.  As a father, I’m learning that persistence and patience are two virtues that must be refined… and refined… and refined on a daily basis.