Have you ever started a song that for some reason or another, you just can’t seem to finish?
It’s not that you don’t want to, necessarily, but maybe you feel stuck. Or just plain uninspired to move it along towards completion.
I have and sadly confess to having sent more than my share to song purgatory.
If you’re where I have been many times, then I have some ideas on how to resurrect your song and get it completed so it can start working for you.
Here are 7 ways to finish a song:
1. Bring it to a co-writer.
Another writer might have a different perspective to offer. Often, collaborations yield great results. If there’s a choice between finishing the song with a co-writer or not finishing it by yourself, isn’t it worth a go?
Granted, this might not always work because SOMETIMES there are circumstances and situations where you should write alone. But if you can’t finish the song on your own, that’s a sign that you might need some help.
And if you’re going to co-write, make sure to check out my post, the Top 7 Things You Should Be When You Co-Write.
2. Walk away from the song for a while.
Put the song out of your mind for a while. Like at least 2 weeks. Don’t look at it, don’t listen to it… just ignore it completely.
When you come back after about 2 weeks, listen to it openly. What does it need? It will be fresh to your ears.
I swear, this actually works! I can’t count the number of times I’ve come back to a half-finished song and known exactly what to do with it after just listening to it from a new head space.
But keep in mind that I said 2 weeks. If you wait too long, you might not ever return to it.
3. Write a different lyric.
Write a different lyric. That is, to the one you’re currently using. Try a bit of a different angle. Or a completely different theme. If it’s the lyrics that are holding things up, scratching the old lyric and trying something new might mean it has a good chance of getting completed.
Check back for my next post where I’ll give you 4 more tips on how to finish writing a song.