If you're struggling with writer's block (everyone does at some point!), then collaborating with other musicians can offer a good way to break new ground and get a brand new perspective on your own track. Show them what you've got to date, discuss any new ideas they could suggest, and see what arrives of it. Getting an outside persceptive on your own track from the fellow musician can help bring the most effective from the music. Two heads are usually usually much better than one.
"I love collaboration because, to start with, I'm good at writing lyrics. I don't know steps to make beats. I don't play instruments. I'm not a good singer. So even once you view a solo album of mine, it's still a collaboration." Talib Kweli.
Keeping your track as simple as you can in the beginning is a superb way to accelerate the songwriting process and work-out the structure of one's song. Many complex songs from 5 or 6-piece bands started life as several chords strummed on a traditional guitar. Once you've the cornerstone of the song in its simplest form, you can begin adding drums, strings, brass or any other additional elements afterwards. Don't make things harder for yourself by overcomplicating your track from the comfort of the beginning.
Writing a song from scratch can occasionally be frustrating and mentally tiring work, especially if the ideas aren't flowing as easily as you'd like. Often a 15-minute break far from your instrument or lyrics pad will help have the creativity flowing and stop your mind from becoming too clouded to start to see the ideas and inspiration you're searching for. Whether it's written in two hours or two months, the final product is all that's important, no matter just how long it takes.
Musicians and songwriters tend to be our own worst critics. In the event that you judge your own songs too harshly you'll never get anything done, so it's important to keep an open mind, and while it's great to take your time and carefully consider each facet of a fresh song, it's often easier to have things done once you allow songwriting process flow, stop worrying and just get up with it. Overthinking may be your worst enemy. Get the cornerstone of your song down, and you can always return back and change things afterwards.
It's easy to get rid of sight of how good or bad your song is after you've spent hours and hours working, changing and creating it by yourself. So find someone you trust to offer honest advice, and who's opinion you value, and ask them to critique it for you. You may find they've some fantastic insight into how maybe it's improved. Don't just play it for anyone who might forget to hurt your feelings - you need honest opinions, not only yes men.
Apologies for the cliché, but when you're failing and struggling to publish the song you understand is in you – just keep going. There's no secret formula for successful songwriting, other compared to mix of work, positivity and talent. This quote from the legendary Johnny Cash sums up the point perfectly.
“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” said Johnny Cash.