Make Your Own Rules

I used to blog a lot. I’ve shut down all of my old websites but I still have a bunch of old content at Medium.

I find it interesting that one article on Medium still gets dozens of visits most every week. The article is about making your own rules instead of following the crowd.

At the time, I was writing about minimalism, living with less stuff, and simplifying your life. The gist of the article at Medium was to stop following the trendy minimalists who give you rules to follow. Instead, just create your own system of simplifying life. Apparently, my ideas in the article struck a chord.

Here’s the thing. The same ideas can apply to creativity, composing music, writing songs, poetry, and books.

I think too many get caught up in the rules of creativity. Yes, there are certain formulas and ways to create specific genres of music and writing, etc. But those rules are not absolutes. They are simply guidelines. In fact, I believe it’s the ones who are brave enough to step outside of the norm who make the greatest works of art.

When we’re willing to just create in our own way, we’ll get a lot more done. Of course, you need to know some basics about songwriting to write a song. But that’s about it. If you spend too much time worrying about doing it right, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Make your own rules. – dse

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Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.