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Songwriting Monsters!

Tips & Resources by Brent Baxter, Pro Songwriter on October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!
There are more than a few monsters that haunt songwriters, so I thought I'd share a few of them with you today. Be on the lookout for these ghouls!

SCAMpires- These suckers are looking to bleed your wallet dry. They may look like real pro writers, but they are the UNpro. They walk among us, but only to feed upon us. The best way to defeat a SCAMpire is to expose his or her lies to the harsh light of day.

WHEREwolves- Where the heck is your cowriter? They were supposed to be here 30 minutes ago! And they won't answer their phone or return a text, either. It's as predictable as a full moon. The only silver bullet to defeat these WHEREwolf cowriters is to schedule them as part of a 3-way write. That way, when they no-show, you and your other cowriter can survive to write a song without them.

SONGbies- These slow, plodding songs drag themselves up and down Music Row. They overrun amateur writers nights. Their relentlessly sad songs try to bring a tear to your eye, but they only seem to eat your brain. The only way to escape them is with some fun uptempo songs. That will help you stand out from the SONGbie horde.

Fire-Breathing DRAG-ONS- These monstrous cowriters spew flaming negativity all over the writing room and on everyone they encounter. They make your cowrites DRAG ON and on. They will burn your positive attitude to the ground. They cannot be defeated- your only hope is to escape! If you're stuck in a cowrite with a Fire-Breathing DRAG-ON, try faking a stomach bug or simply go to the bathroom and climb out a window. It might be awkward, but it'll be worth it.

I hope you can avoid these songwriting monsters and have a very happy Halloween!

PS- Thanks for stopping by Frettie! I appreciate it. As a matter of fact, I want to give you a special little something just for your visit. It's my FREE ebook "Think Like A Pro Songwriter," and it reveals valuable and learned-it-the-hard-way-so-you-don't-have-to tips about the art, craft and business of songwriting. You can download it at

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