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

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LET’S DO IT MY WAY

Don’t insist on your way when a collaborator disagrees

You’re collaborating with a new partner. The song is coming along pretty well. You have the title, the first verse, and part of the chorus written. You’re both working on finishing off the chorus lyric, and you’ve both tried a lot of possible lyric lines on each other. None have made either of you jump up and down and shout. Suddenly, your co-writer exclaims, “Eureka!” You eagerly listen, wanting it to be the answer to your search.

Despite an enthusiastic presentation of the line, you’re not thrilled with it. You do your best to respectfully express that you think a better lyric could be just a line away. You suggest some more work on the line. Your co-writer gets ...

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