This is a guest post by Rob Lytle:
One of the major challenges that any writer faces is the need to be inspired – and the need to just keep working. Songwriting is a complex stew of ingredients, but one thing I know for certain is that writing generates more writing.
Ideas generate other ideas
In other words, using the machinery all the time is very important. I write something almost every single day. A snippet – or a complete song. It is truly amazing what you can do when you put the work in and act with intention.
That said, I am personally often in a position where I KNOW that I have a part of a song that is a keeper, but I also know it is not finished. The conventional wisdom in such situations is to buckle down and complete the song – and I often do. I put words on the page that complete the basic structure of the story or moment. But I know when the lines ring false or the song just does not work.
I think that is often when many songwriters give up.