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101 Songwriting Wrongs and How to Right Them by Pete Luboff, Pat Luboff

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THE TOO-EARLY EDITOR

Don’t stop the creative flow by judging too early in the process

You’ve managed to catch the inspiration on the fly and wrestle it down on paper, tape, or digital media; now you sit down and try to write the song. You face that blank page or computer screen. You write one lyric line, look at it, wrinkle your nose as if there were a skunk in the room, and cross the line out. You try another line. “That’s bad, awful, stupid,” you grumble at yourself as you scratch out line number two. After more than five or ten minutes of this, depending on your personal tolerance for pain, you become convinced that the original idea wasn’t worth the paper napkin you scribbled it on. Maybe it’s just that you’re a lousy writer. Maybe you ...

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