You’re not alone.
Starting a song is easy… but sometimes FINISHING seems impossible.
Watch now to learn 5 fast, easy tricks for beating writer’s block, so you can level up your songwriting skills and start writing songs that finish themselves.
Struggling to finish songs? You are not alone. Starting a song is easy but sometimes finishing seems impossible. Keep watching so you can level up your songwriting skills and start writing songs that finish themselves. But first, if you want an easy way to write songs using my favorite 3 step songwriting process, be sure to grab the free cheat sheet. Just click the link in the description below or head to the link you see onscreen now.
Let’s start with trick number 1 – writing more songs. This one trick alone can help you overcome writer’s block in minutes. Here’s the thing, songwriting is a numbers game. For every good song you write, you probably write loads of bad ones. And all those bad songs, forget about them, cast them into the world of broken songs. You have to write bad songs and you need to give yourself permission to do that, because the more tracks you finish, the better you get, and for every five songs you write, four will be bad but one will be good and you need to get used to that process. Give yourself permission to write bad songs, because the more you write and the more songs you finish – and here’s the clincher, you need to actually finish writing those songs even when they are bad – the more you finish, the better you will get at finishing songs and the better you get at songwriting.
And that leads me onto trick number 2 which is write complete songs. It’s so tempting to write a chorus or write a verse or write a riff and you have all these ideas, these sketches, these separate parts but you never put them together. And what you are doing there is training yourself not to finish songs. You need to do the opposite, you need to write complete songs; and every time you have an idea, expand it into a finished song. Then you’ll get better at songwriting and finishing songs, and that just becomes your workflow, so you finish everything you start. Now, the solution here, if you really struggle with this is to just use proven songwriting structures, don’t try and reinvent the wheel, just write a chorus, a verse, maybe an introduction, pre-choruses, leading into the choruses and maybe a bridge, and just put them together in the typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus-chorus structure. This will help you to practice writing transitions too, which is another really hard part of songwriting, going from a verse to a chorus to a bridge to an outro. You need to get good at writing those transitions. And if you are struggling with this, don’t overcomplicate it, it should be easy, don’t force it out, just see what comes naturally. And remember kiss, keep it simple stupid, just have that feeling of ease at the top of your mind when you are writing songs.
Trick number 3 is to adjust your process, because if you have that process of not finishing songs, then that’s where the flow lies, it’s your workflow, it’s your process for songwriting. So, if you are struggling to finish songs, if you are suffering from writer’s block, if you are just not happy with the quality of your music, then you probably need to work on your process, on your workflow. A common symptom of this problem is that you have loads of riffs and loads of choruses but no finished songs, going back to what we were just speaking about. So you need to change your workflow, implement that idea of finishing songs and just work on your over-process. If you don’t have a songwriting process in place, ready, then go through three different approaches to songwriting as well as showing my favorite approach to songwriting in the free songwriting cheat sheet, so make sure you download that. Again, there’s a link in the description or on screen now.
And finally, get inspired. If you are suffering from writer’s block, you need to listen to some new music, you need to get inspired, not even just by music, by reading. Be inspired, by reading, be inspired by nature, anything. Listen to music that you’ve never heard before, try listening to completely new genres, a new artist to really get your creative juices. And then this means you can draw influence from other genres, and try something new, maybe you are stuck in a rut and you need to draw influence from other places rather than looking at the same places over and over again. And if you are really struggling, just replicate a song, just find a song that you like, go through the process of breaking it down into melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics, replicate it, maybe record it onto your computer. And through that process, you probably get ideas and you could start with maybe just the rhythmic structure, but then from there you build a different harmony and a different melody on top and it can inspire you to go into new directions. Now, you don’t necessarily want to use that track, especially if you based it on someone else’s music, but it’s a great way to get the creative juices flowing, just replicate someone else’s work and see where it takes you. But don’t release it unless you do go on a huge tangent and it’s unrecognizable. So there you have it.
Now even once you get through writer’s block and if you start finishing songs, there’s still a lot more you can do to improve your songwriting workflow. And that’s exactly what we cover in the songwriting cheat sheet, those three proven frameworks for songwriting as well as my favorite framework that took me years to find; but as soon as I started doing it, songs just started falling out of me, it was so much easier. So it’s completely free, just head to the link in the description below or the link you see on screen now.
Now, I want to hear from you. I am interested to know how many songs do you throw away compared to the number of songs that you keep. What’s your ratio of bad songs to good songs? For me, it seems to be quite low. For every two-three songs I write, I write another good one, but for other people, it’s 10 to 1. They have to write 10 songs before a good one comes out, it’s really personal. So let me know in the comments below, what’s your ratio of good songs to bad songs. That’s all for me, I will see you same place next week. And remember, create regardless.