I started my latest song-in-progress almost two months ago. It's been pretty easy to write. That's one of the reasons it's taking such a long time to finish.
See, the melody I'm working with is one of those melodies that just attracts lyrics somehow. Something about the phrasing makes it easy to fill in with words. I don't have to expend as much time and energy matching the pegs and the holes. Lyrical possibilities line up behind each other, all a perfect fit.
One such lyrical possibility presents itself, and I think, Wow, that sounds cool!
My trusty internal editor replies, You're right, it does sound cool. But does it mean what you want it to mean? Does it tell the story we're trying to tell? Or does it only work as a standalone line?
I sing the phrase again. It could be part of an interesting story, but not this one. Dammit. We'll have to try again.
So there's that. There's also been this strange assumption that because this song won't be very hard to do, I don't have to push very hard to do it. Which means I get lazy and forget to try.
Just a few more lines to go and I'll be finished. May this entry remind me to keep at it.