Read these 11 posts when you feel like crap about your songwriting

Young female writer suffering from lack of inspiration

Feeling in the songwriting dumps? Don’t worry — these 11 posts should get you feeling better in no time.

1 – Songwriting is painful. Songwriting feels great.

What is it about songwriting that is painful yet totally feels awesome at the same time?

2 – 6 Songwriting Camps You Should Sign Up For

Getting ready for a warm-weather creative retreat will make you feel better, I promise.

3 – 10 Annoying Things People Say to Songwriters

Just laugh about it. It’s all you can do. :)

4 – How to Find Your Songwriting Voice 

There’s more to discover. If you’re feeling bummed out about your songwriting, maybe it’s time to dig deep and stop worrying about what other people think.

5 – 6 Must-Read Songwriter Biographies

Get inspired by these amazing artists. You’ll want to run out and write a new song pronto.

6 – The Songwriting Cycle: Getting Stuck – or Unstuck

Getting stuck happens to all of us. But don’t worry —  just keep coming back.

7 – The Co-Writing Leap of Faith

It’s not for everyone, but consider taking a leap of faith into co-writing. My experience made me feel awesome.

8 – The ABC’s of Songwriting Ideas (As in, Where to Find Good Ones)

Maybe you just need some inspiration for new ideas. Here’s a bunch.

9 – The Healing Power of Songwriting II: Q&A with Mary Gauthier

Let Mary Gauthier heal your songwriting blues. She will.

10 – The Healing Power of Songwriting I: Q&A with Arlon Bennett

It’s all relative. And all about perspective.

11 – Writing Songs is Like Walking on a Wiggly Bridge

Sometimes the Wiggly Bridge — and the wobbly, wild world of songwriting — looks endless and overwhelming. But, in my humble opinion, it’s always beautiful. And, well worth crossing over.


Songwriting Lessons from David Bowie


David Bowie, the glam rock star. David Bowie, the fashion icon. David Bowie, the artist with the ever-changing persona. There are a lot of ways folks have described David Bowie since his death two days ago, but I’ve always been (of course) most taken by his songwriting.

Bowie’s Changesonebowie compilation was in constant rotation on my Sony Walkman and later my Discman…how I loved listening to the wildly different genres and styles, ranging from the epic “Space Oddity” to the catchy “Young Americans” and the funky “Golden Years.” And being an ’80s teen, obviously his MTV years of “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl” and “Modern Love” were everywhere in my world.

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