Writing a song that you think is perfect and that you’re completely happy with can sometimes feel like a one-in-a-million chance. It feels disheartening to put your best effort in over and over again, only to come out with something you don’t feel proud of. But refrain from labeling your work as garbage! There may be something worth salvaging. Try some of these tips to get your mind out of the gutter – and get your songwriting practice back on track.
Many of us in the creative world are under the false and dangerous assumption that creativity begins when inspiration strikes. Sure, you may occasionally wake up in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea that just popped into your head, but more often than not, creativity is something we encourage through discipline and hard work rather than something that strikes like lightning. So if you feel like you have a case of songwriter’s or composer’s block, instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, use some of these exercises to stimulate your creativity.