The process of getting input from more people during the writing process is healthy and makes it unlikely that you’ll write a real stinker! Take Regular Breaks Have you ever worked on a song for 15 hours straight and been totally disappointed with the result? Doing anything creative can lead you down a rabbit hole of endless ideas that (if no breaks are taken) can spiral into complex introverted expression. If I am writing the vocals for a chorus or verse, I'll record about 20 different ideas without lyrics, simply finding a tune that sits well with the music and is catchy.In other words, take a bloody break and come back with fresh ears! I'll then leave it for a couple of days before going through my 20 ideas and pulling out the bits that really worked.
Take a look here: on my personal Blog here: Don't feel like you have to write "true" stories. Too often songwriters want to tell about some heart wrenching emotional event in their life rather than telling a story that will get me to feel what they felt.
I hear more and more songwriters during workshops saying "but that's the story" or "that's the way it happened." It doesn't matter. Make me care and I will gladly listen, and buy, and promote you as a songwriter.
In those moments of inspiration, though, I feel like some good stuff comes out of me. I like your down-to-earth advice regarding songwriting.
It just isn't something I can predict or control. I do think that with creative ventures, sometimes we have to 'get out of our heads' and just CREATE instead of worrying about whether or not it's "right".
By giving yourself the freedom to experiment without pressure you will develop the creative part of your brain instead of the over analytical part.
The aim is to improve over time, not to sit down and craft the perfect pop song on your first attempt. Get feedback and allow people to be honest, that way you will start to learn what really works. Hot and Cold I am talking about combining opposites such as spiccato and ligatto (short and long). Pop/Rock songwriter, Sting commented once that he finds it harder to write great songs now that he has become more analytical of music. Get Feedback As Often As Possible Be fearless with your songs. What is not OK is to try and convince everyone that it’s a great song!Sometimes the first thing you come up with is the most genuine.Don't beat it to death trying to get it perfect - music is about feel.I love Rule #9, I have been working in my studio writing songs and thinking they were great for the past few years.