My friend Gary Nicholson says he rarely gets writer’s block.
To him, it’s like a water tap.
If you turn it on every day, the tap works easily.
The water comes out clear.
Let it go a while — say, a couple of months,
Rust sets in and the water runs brown.
It takes a while before it runs clean.
Make something every day.
Turn the water on.
There’s a confidence that comes
From believing that when you turn that handle,
Something good is going to happen.
From “The Habit of Noticing: Using Creativity to Make a Life (and a Living)
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Text and Photo © 2108 Darden Smith

Firle, UK – Boo Hewerdine / Darden Smith Songwriting Workshop

Boo and Darden come together several times a year to lead songwriting workshops. They want pass along some of the lessons, tricks and processes they’ve learned over their many years in the business, hoping they can help other writers from all levels of expertise write better songs.

This Summer’s workshop will be held June 3-7, 2019 at Tilton House.
For more information and bookings, contact Audrey at