The amount of times I have tried to find a decent photo of a blank sketch book is too many. So I decided to create a few, starting with this one.

Attention Songwriters: The Blank Piece Of Paper Is Your Friend

Every time we sit down to write a song we start off with a blank piece of paper.

It waits patiently for us to pick up our pen and pour our songwriting ideas from our hearts and minds onto its surface.

However, a blank piece of paper can be one of two things to a songwriter:

1. Something to be fearful of, a scary journey into the unknown, the graveyard of yet another ‘bad’ song


2. The doorway to a world of infinite songwriting idea possibilities. A place where the muse eagerly waits for you to come in and play.

Let me ask you this…

Are you free to create whatever you want, whenever you want without prejudice? Or, are you a writer that feels shackled by the belief that you must obtain a quantifiable result every time you put pen to paper?

Which headspace would you rather see yourself be in?

I know I’m asking a lot of questions here but as songwriters this is something we face every time we sit down to write a song.

But our answers to these questions are normally automatic and therefore unconscious, and we wonder why we’re not writing anything.

This is when we start blaming things like songwriters block.

Try this the next time you sit down to write a song.

Look at the blank piece of paper in front of you as your friend, your playmate. Just the very thought of sitting down to write a song means that the muse has knocked on your door and asked if you could come out to play.

So play.

A blank piece of paper is not proof that you haven’t written anything. It’s the doorway to an infinite world of songwriting ideas and all you need to do is have the courage to walk through it, regardless of the outcome.

So get out of your own way and allow yourself to be free to create without prejudice.

How is your blank piece of paper looking now?

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