My Songwriting Process

So, some people have asked me about my process of finding inspiration and how I go about writing my songs.

Before getting that question from a few people, I didn’t think much of my songwriting process until I talked with other musicians and realized just how varied the process could be. I mean, I knew it differed from person to person, but I guess, sitting and talking about it with people really made me think deeply about the creative process. If you do something all the time, you stop thinking about the process and you just do it because that’s what you’ve always done.

I wish I could say that I was one of those people who could churn out tons of the content at a drop of a dime, but I’m not. I wish I could say to myself, “You know what, Lizzie? We’re going to write about love today.” I write with my feelings, and that could change from one day to the next. Hell, that could change from one minute to the next, and I go with it. I found that trying to force myself to write about things I wasn’t feeling would either result in me a.) becoming blocked or b.) producing the worst crap you’d ever read.

My songwriting process is a response to the world around me, to the things that are going on in my life. It’s my way of expressing my feelings about everything from heartbreak to injustices that people suffer every day. I have to be feeling something in order to create music. I find inspiration in looking at the news despite how depressing it all has been lately. I go out and I observe people around me. I look at people and try to pretend that I know their story. I give them this whole intricate life that causes all these feelings, words, and ideas to just come to me. I write music about the causes that I’m passionate about.

Yes, sometimes, I’ll lock myself in my apartment and write endlessly in that frantic madness that people think characterizes creative types. I will not talk to anyone for days until I finish writing my latest and greatest song. During these times, it’s easy for me to forget to eat until I feel like the job is done. When I tell people that, they just nod at me like, “Yeah, you creative types are like that.”

Other times, I go out and I live and breathe among people. I may take photos of things that stir feelings. I may write snatches of phrases that come to me in my notebook, but I don’t isolate myself from the world. I take it all in, all the feelings and thoughts. Eventually, these fragments form a whole.

This was a really good question, and it took me a little while to find the words I wanted to say about how I create. I know how I create. I just didn’t want it to sounds too cheesy or too vague. I hope this is helpful and coherent to someone out there. Until next time!