From “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” website.
It’s nice when you’re inspired to write a great song, but good songs and and should happen even without being particularly inspired.
For many, writing a song seems like some sort of magic: you just sit and think for a moment, and chords, melodies and lyrics just appear, as if the writer is under a sort of spell. That’s a neat thought, but for the best songwriters in the world, that’s simply not reality.
If you’re waiting for inspiration, you are, to put it bluntly, wasting time. Part of songwriting is inspiration, to be sure, but songwriting is mostly a skill, a skill that needs to be honed and practiced.
The writers that wait for inspiration rarely get beyond the first note or two before they run out of steam. Why? Because good songwriting is more about craft than it is about a whimsical feeling. Good songs are good because of their construction. It’s not magic! It’s got more to do with structure and logic than anything else. If you really want to write great songs consistently, you need to practice your songwriting craft.
Check out my online songwriting lessons. They’re free, and they’re meant to provide you with exercises and ideas that will keep the creative juices flowing.