Ruthless Rewriting

I attended a songwriting workshop taught by Kathy Hussey, called Ruthless Rewriting. I was prepared for the worst, but it wasn’t at all what I expected. Instead of taking a heartless intellectual approach, she looks at editing/rewriting as fun and positive, kind of like cleaning clutter from your house, getting rid of unneeded items. After all, the end result will be a better song, so what’s not to like?

She taught us to joyfully remove extraneous words and replace weak phrases and cliches. I learned not to resist criticism, but to look at it objectively and decide for myself which ideas to persue and which to discard, asking myself ‘does it help make my song better, does it make sense?’ and ‘Am I blindly defending the status quo or am I really open to examining the weaker points of my song?’

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One Response to “Ruthless Rewriting”

  1. Kathy Hussey Says:

    It’s so nice to see, in print, that my workshop achieved EXACTLY what it was supposed to : ) I’m so glad you had such a positive experience! Now if I only knew who wrote this…hmmm…there are only a few possibilities…


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