Seems I'm spending more and more time these days writing all kinds of songs with all types of pretty cool people. It's an incredibly lucky place I find myself. But looking back I think that was one of my biggest anxieties for my first years in Nashville.. cowriting.
Most days its all about the willingness to sound stupid. Sometimes not one of my actual words or phrases that I throw out there will be put into a song BUT these ideas spark something in another writer and can lead to a cool hook or melody. Somedays I'm the 'creator' and other days I sift through and 'edit' the ideas of others. Developing a since of trust with another writer can definitely help but so many times you're thrown into the lions den with one or two completely new faces and expected to churn a new awesome song.. So.. like all wonderful things in life, take joy in taking chances and be unafraid to do so. Boom.