Put Out Lots of Stuff and Don't Think About It 'Cause It's Never Gonna Satisfy Like You Want and It'll Only Make You Better: Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
This book comes up again for the second time in a week, but I think it's very relevant to our direction and method. I feel like it's one of the most helpful things ever. Making Ideas Happen is the result of studying the behaviors and patterns of highly prolific or otherwise hitting-abnormaly-highl-levels-of-impact-with-their-work; Belsky presents a ton of universally helpful findings that can be put into action.
So here's the quote I'm gonna talk about:
"The notion of taking rapid action without conviction defies the conventional wisdom to think before you act. But for the creative mind, the cost of waiting for conviction can be too great to bear."
And this is kind of what we're doing, and it's weird because I've been completing more stuff than I've ever completed, and it's weird because it all kinda sucks. But, with the completion of each turd of a song (some of them aren't turds! but most of them are) And it's kind of hard for me because while I may be like a level 10 at theory and performance and composition, I'm a level 1 in songwriting. I'm like a second-grader literally. Okay, more like first grader.
But I know this is what I want to do and I find myself enjoying songwriting in a way I never enjoyed anything else in my life. I go into it and I stay in it, I get into a Csikszentmihalyi-ish flow. It's like right and good and I like it and so I'm on it a lot.
The hard thing is finishing, but when you make finishing the goal, as our friend Grace Wright says, "quantity creates quality". It's like completing a song is just one rep, one weight pressed or lifted. The more times you pick that weight up, the easier it eventually gets (I hope) so the idea is that you do it everyday whether you "feel like it" or not and whether or not you'd "die for" the song or you felt "inspired".
It's a numbers game. Two people write songs, one person works on it every day, the other person only writes when they feel "inspired". Who's going to end up the more effective songwriter? It's like my old high school art teacher would say "PAINT. I DON'T CARE HOW YOU FEEL."
So write for the trashcan or whatever. Just make some shit happen and make it complete (nobody can use an incomplete song as much as they can use any incomplete structure); it doesn't matter if it's good because it'll get better in time.