Top Ten Ways Songwriters Can Kill A Co-Write

by Marty Dodson
Jul 6, 2016

1) Show up drunk, hung over, unprepared or having had no sleep. I’ve had co-writers show up in all of those states.  If you find yourself in one of those states, do yourself and your co-writer a favor and just reschedule so you don’t waste anyone’s time.

2) Insist on your way all the time.

3) Talk more than you listen.

4) Start mandating things you won’t say or write about.

5) Scream at your co-writer if you don’t like what they say.

6) Fight for your lines even if your co-writer’s lines make the song better.

7) Keep saying “I think we can beat that” without offering suggestions on HOW to beat it.

8) Keep playing a drum loop loudly the ENTIRE time.

9) Show up two hours late because you had to “go work out”.  Had that happen more than once.

10) Refuse to write any title unless you came up with it.


Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson is a multi #1 songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing


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