“The difference between a successful artist and a failed one happens after the idea is hatched. The difference is the race to completion. Did you finish?”
Seth Godin, Linchpin
I have no problem coming up with ideas. Little ideas. But completion – that’s another story.
I have a playlist in itunes called “Christine’s Ideas.” It contains hours worth of music. But only in little, unfinished pieces. Like this…
A few years ago, I had a conversation with Ted Quinlan (who was giving me some guitar lessons) about writing. Back then, I had the same problem. Good at starting, not so good at finishing. He said that whenever he writes something, he finishes it enough so that it’s workable. Meaning: he could bring it to a gig that night and play it with a band.
Time to turn these ideas into workable tunes. There must be some good stuff in this playlist (God knows there’s a lot of crap!)