In preparation for my 2008 song-a-week project, I wanted some numbers to give me an idea of how much writing I would need to do. Using the 80/20 rule—only 20 percent of my writing will make the cut while 80 percent will go into the waste basket—here is what I came up with.
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen averages 281 words per song. Nothing Like The Sun by Sting averages 206. The Beatles’ Abbey Road averages 102 and Let It Be averages 139.
This means that if a song has between 100-300 words, I’ll need to write 500-1500 words. Not a very difficult task when you look at it that way. So far, this blog post has 127 words. Now, this won’t include object writing exercises. Object writing is like a warm up before exercise. It just loosens the muscles and doesn’t count into the actual sets and reps you will do.
In terms of musical content, I’ll need to write five different choruses and five different verses. I’ll probably choose the best chorus first and then write five different contrasting verses and choose the best one.
This give me a really good rough idea of how much writing I’ll be doing in the new year. Wish me luck!