I'm trying a new writing method, it's working, so I thought I'd share...
The night before a mic I'd take my week's worth of ideas and turn them into bits. I'd write like 8 new, relatively short bits. And have little confidence in many of them, spending maybe just 30 minutes fleshing out each.
Many would get a mediocre reaction on stage. It seemed like there was a good idea there, but needed more time, so it just got shelved forever while I write entirely new bits.
Each night I work on just 1-2 bits. I spend hours just brainstorming and writing down random ideas, never actually forming full sentences. I'll do lots of Googling to help my brainstorming. I'll speak to my girlfriend or workmates about the topic (without telling them it's for a bit) to see if I, or they, come up with new ideas. I then let the bit sit for several days, if not weeks, and revisit it often trying to look at it from a different light. I then finally form it into a bit and try it out.
Gold. I spent hours on one bit, tested ideas on friends, had confidence on stage. My bits are no longer and the hit rate is higher.
I can't edit worth a shit. Once I test out a bit on stage, it's impossible for me to "get back into the mind of that bit" (if that makes any sense). So it's important to do as much preperation as possible before I try a bit on stage.
...anyone else experienced something similar?