Welcome to Day 353...And a writing secret from music some icons
I'm a big fan of the rock band U2.
I love their lyrics, their music, their stories, and their passion for their craft.
Something else I love is that they seem to have this incomparable work ethic. They're focused on the music and unlike so many pop stars today; their musical journey hasn't been overshadowed by any personal chaos.
It's about the music and the fans. Always.
Bottom line, their hard work and dedication has paved their way for great success.
But there's something else that may have helped.
According to an article in Rolling Stone Magazine, prior to recording their debut album Boy, they had "a whole mini catalog of songs" ready to go. "They were always writing, always crafting, and working to ensure there was a stable of sounds and ideas available...after that they always wrote far more tunes than could fit on any one album."
And U2 aren't the only music geniuses to follow this rule. After word of his sudden, recent death, Prince's infamous music vault was thrust back in the spotlight.
According to some stories, inside the basement of Paisley Park, Prince has complied so much unreleased material that he could have put out an album a year - until well into the 22nd century.
That's hundreds upon hundreds of songs.
So what's the lesson for us writers? Follow the same rule - always be developing story lines, always be writing. If you do, you'll never have to face a blank screen again and you'll never be out of fresh ideas.
Which means you can kiss the dreaded writer's block goodbye forever.
As for me? Well right now I have about eight storylines in the vault - and when I say vault I mean a combination of a brown cardboard box and an on-line file filled with save scenes and dialogue .
Read more about U2 here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/20-insanely-great-u2-songs-only-hardcore-fans-know-20140314
And more about Prince's vault here:http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/19/i-would-hide-4-u-whats-in-princes-secret-vault
Here's Today's Takeaway Lesson...
"The More We Do, The More We Can Do"
Here's to Being All In,
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