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How To Write For A Music Blog

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When I started rock nyc five years ago, I thought there was nothing I had left to learn about writing but I was wrong. Writing a music blog is like nothing else at all and the lessons you learn can help you in music, in writing and in life. So with such lofty goals… here we go…

1. Don’t Worry about being wrong – the odds are you’re ears will let you down from time to time.

2. Don’t worry about writing poorly, you can’t win em all.

3. Don’t worry about making friends, you won’t make many and the majority of people will dislike you immensely.

4. Don’t worry about upsetting rock stars, why be a critic if you don’t want to criticise.

5. Don’t worry about hurting the small bands still coming up, if you don’t like em don’t write about them.

6. Don’t worry when people are really obnoxious. I recently had somebody respond to my saying I want to kick Mike Stipe down a flight of stairs by him telling me that Mike help him when the persons brother died of AIDS. Nothing to be done with people like that, leave em to it.

7. Write, write, write. Then write some more.

8. If you wanna be a musician be a musician, if you wanna be a writer be a rock writer. That’s what it is all about.

9. There is only one question as you move your way along: not was I right, but did I write it well.

10. Puns are great.

11. Write when you feel like it, write when you don’t feel like it, write when you have an opinion, write when you don’t have an opinion and hope the opinion catches up with you.

12. Nobody is reading you so fuck it write whatever you feel.

13. No subject is off limits when it comes to music, it all ties in.

14. Have tons of self-discipline.  Hit your self-imposed deadlines.

15. And In the end, if you write all day every day you are a writer and if you are anything like me there is no greater reward in life. I write more than I do anything else, I write significantly more than I read or speak, anything except listen to music.

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