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Finding the ideal writing place at home where you can focus and be creative can substantially increase your productivity as a songwriter. But it needs to be a clutter-free zone where you feel comfortable and have no distractions.

It should be a special place where you can close the door, turn off your phone, and give your mind the focused time it needs to get your creative juices flowing.

British singer-songwriter Dido – ASCAP’s Songwriter of The Year in 2007 – says she gets easily distracted by mess around her. So she always makes sure she completes her household chores before sitting down to write new songs.

Although inspiration often strikes the ‘White Flag’ writer when she’s busy doing the cleaning, she admits she can’t concentrate on new material until she has finished all of her tasks.

“I find it quite hard to write if I haven’t tidied up,” she recently told Britain’s Hello! magazine. “It’s so annoying. I wish I could forget that I need to empty the dishwasher but I can’t. Having said that, I have a lot of ideas when I’m cleaning, doing something domestic.”

Dido attained international success with her debut album No Angel in 1999. The album sold over of 21 million copies worldwide and won several awards – including the MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Act, two NRJ Awards for Best New Act and Best Album, and two Brit Awards for Best British Female and Best Album.

Her next album Life for Rent (2003) continued her success with the hit singles ‘White Flag’ and ‘Life for Rent’. And her third studio album, Safe Trip Home (2008), received critical acclaim – including an Academy Award nomination for the song ‘If I Rise’.

No Angel and Life for Rent are among the best-selling albums in UK chart history.

Dido’s new album, Girl Who Got Away, is released on March 4 in Europe and March 26 in America.

You can watch a video for ‘No Freedom’, the first single from the new album, HERE…

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How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store for only US$7.22 or GB£4.78.

Read a FREE sample of the book HERE (USA) and HERE (UK).

Also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts & Entertainment/Music).

JIMMY WEBBIf you see songwriting as an easy way to get rich quick, you’ll need to think again if you really want to achieve success.

Let’s be clear, songwriting is not easy. And writing hit songs is even harder. As Jimmy Webb (pictured) once observed: “Songwriting is hell on Earth. If it isn’t, then you’re doing it wrong.”

We’ve all heard about people who finished a song in the time it takes to boil an egg and it went on to earn a fortune. Country legend Hank Williams used to say: “If a song can’t be written in 20 minutes, it ain’t worth writing”. Lady Gaga wrote her first single  ‘Just Dance’ in 10 minutes—the same length of time it took the Beach Boys’ Bruce Johnston to write the Barry Manilow classic ‘I Write the Songs’.

The truly great songwriters just make it look easy.

In reality, though, they have to put in hours and hours of hard work—making many mistakes along the way—in order to hone their talent and achieve their greatness. Diane Warren, one of the most successful female songwriters of all time, spent 20 years writing six days a week, 10-12 hours a day before she felt she could finally take the occasional weekend off!

The great Sammy Cahn put it like this: “Writing a song can be agony or ecstasy. It can take half an hour or half a year.”

That’s why it’s important to understand that hit songwriting is a process. It’s an art and a craft.

The initial spark that ignites your song idea is a gift. From then on, it’s all about hard work.

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How (Not) To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success’ is now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store for only US$7.22 or GB£4.78.

Read a sample of the book HERE (USA) and HERE (UK and Europe).

Also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts & Entertainment/Music).