“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” – Gospel of Thomas
I’ve been told time and time again that the best thing to do for myself as a writer is to write everyday. Anything. Just write something.
Songwriting can be an excruciating process for me. The second my fingers start to piece together anything resembling an iota of a song, my inner-critic shows up in full force with
“Sad love song? Yawn.”
“Oh boy. Not another waltz.”
“Shoulda stayed in college.”
“That’s a terrible hook. You’re gonna end up under a bridge.”
And then I remember I’ve got that email that needs replying to IMMEDIATELY, or a show to promote, or a million other easily justifiable tasks to accomplish for the day.
I’ve started setting aside a little bit of time each day to write. Anything. Just writesomething.
Sometimes the best you can do is just show up.