Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. - c.s. lewis
i think of this quote often. as a writer, there is something to being as specific and honest and personal as possible.
this was something i avoided for a long time - perhaps unconsciously. my mindset was substantially changed after a writing session with stephen kellogg in 2008. he really helped me get to the heart of what i wanted to say in song and to pull out images and lines that "told the truth" no matter how personal or plain-spoken they were - to really say what i wanted to say without resorting to "concepts" and metaphors. i felt like i had an entirely new way of looking at songwriting after that day. songs off of my last solo record, like "angeline", "you are not alone" and "we go together", were a result of this new perspective.
if you are a writer - of songs or something else - i urge you to take it to heart and try it! some good stuff is bound to come out.