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

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DON’T MESS WITH MY MUSE

Don’t think that discipline will hamper your creativity

Living on the other side of the looking glass from the songwriters who suffer from the too-early editor are the songwriters who refuse, on moral principle, to question anything they do. We’ve seen many of them in our workshops.

Their basic philosophy is that their creative process is a delicate flower that will wither if disturbed in any way. Discipline is a dirty word to them, as is any word having to do with the commonly accepted tools of the songwriting trade, including rhyming, structure, title, chorus, and clarity. They become angry in the workshop when we talk about these things and tell us in no uncertain terms that they want nothing to do with them. They ...

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