The following is from an interview with the famous novelist Ernest Hemingway I just read on the subject of writing. I thought it was pretty interesting and relevant for songwriters too. What do you think?
The most important thing I've learned about writing is never write too much at a time. Never pump yourself dry. Leave a little for the next day. The main thing is to know when to stop. Don't wait until you've written yourself out. When you're still going good and you come to an interesting place and you know what's going to happen next, that's the time to stop. Then leave it alone and don't think about it, let your subconscious mind do the work. The next morning when... you're feeling fresh, rewrite what you wrote the day before.
The main thing is to know what to leave out. The way you can tell whether you're going good is by what you can throw away. If you can throw away stuff that would make a high point of interest in somebody else's story, you know you're going good. Don't be discouraged because there's a lot of mechanical work to writing. There is, and you can't get out of it. I rewrote the first part of A Farewell To Arms at least fifty times. You've got to work it over. The first draft of anything is s***.
Originally posted by MonkeyC on Mon 13 Jan, 2020