Songwriting Inspiration

Inspiration and motivation is a big aspect of songwriting we don’t always talk about. Here, you’ll find some ways I stay motivated to keep writing songs, ignore the noise and keep things balanced. There might be a few of my own songwriting opinions as well. 🙂

You Can’t Over-Optimize Your Songwriting Process

Some days (ahem, months) can be a real struggle when it comes to art. There are so many songwriting tools within the craft that you can use (metaphor, imagery, prosody, etc.), and then there are literal tools everywhere, helping us with our songwriting process, letting us write just a little faster. Rhyming dictionaries, thesauruses, word…

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Setting Your Songwriting Goals

The new year is coming and hopefully, you have high prospects for your songwriting. Like any art form, it can be difficult to understand where to go and what to do next. Providing some structure to learning in the form of courses, songwriting lessons or books can help a lot. But what about goals? How…

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How Social Media Can Affect Your Songwriting Process

Social media is a hot topic these days, especially when it comes to mental health and overall well-being. Although we’ve all probably watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix and learned the different ways we can be manipulated, most of us are still on at least one social media platform. There is no denying that being…

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Five Reasons Why Getting Feedback is Essential for New Songwriters

If you’ve just started your songwriting journey, feedback can be a frightening concept. Many of us write from the heart, these emotional songs that are powerful for us. And while that is an important aspect of songwriting, if you want to create effective and communicative songs, feedback is an important part of sharpening your songwriting…

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How to Stop Forcing Creativity and Write More

Here’s the scenario: you want to write the next song, but you can’t. You’re sitting down every day but nothing good is coming out. You’re really trying but nothing sounds right, you cycle through ideas just to get frustrated with each of them, you get yourself to write lines and hate every one of them.…

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Write a Song When You’re Not “Supposed” To

There are a lot of guidelines out there on how to write songs: books, courses, famous songwriters, podcasts, teachers and—of course—blogs like this one. Every single one will suggest what makes a song really great and the best ways to write. There are many suggestions from morning pages, object writing, setting a timer, co-writing or…

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Write a Song Without Actually Writing a Song

Life can be pretty tiring. Sometimes you want to write the next song, but honestly? There are only so many hours in a day. You really do want to prioritize writing, but between a job, errands, trying to eat healthy foods, exercise and have some much-needed down time… songwriting might take a back seat for…

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How to Get Back on Track After a Writing Break

Call it a break, call it a slump—everyone gets those periods of time when they don’t feel as productive. Breaks are essential, but at some point, we might want to get back to writing. Sometimes the answer isn’t as simple as forcing ourselves to do the work; that might mean we write once, but the…

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The Paradox of Doing Everything in a Music Career

Having a career in music is different than it used to be. I might be giving away my age here, but when I idolized being a songwriter and musician, the world was working in our favour. Big record labels were the only way to have a sustainable career in the business, the only open door…

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Is it Important to be a “Good” Songwriter?

If you’re reading this, you most likely have an interest in trying to improve your songwriting skills. I believe this is an important goal; partly what gets me motivated to write is trying to use new techniques or studying my favourite songs. I think most songwriters do enjoy learning about their craft, but unfortunately, it…

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