On the landmark 50th episode of Write Effing Now, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, Jeremy Schreifels shares his songwriting mastery tricks and how he gets over all the creative blocks. If you’re feeling stuck, Jeremy will pull you out of the muck!

Creation is a mindset game, and Jeremy feeds his brain only good messages, which he freely shared in this episode. Since he collaborates a ton with other people, he provided smart ways to move past any impasses and how to keep the bigger goal in mind. Whether you are writing a song, a book, or anything in between, how he comes to the blank page is incredibly inspiring and useful. 


These are our top three fave tips he shared. Plenty more await; all you have to do is listen!


  1. Collaboration is an art in itself. Giving and receiving critique while keeping the main goal of honing the product into the best it can be takes dedication. Jeremy shares his best tips for working with a group, so everyone feels valued and excited about the creation.


  1. Ask him about the “double bar” method. This is the plan you have in place to honor the place you are in when you are writing–even if it means stopping for the day. If you are a musician, you get that the double bar means the song is done. There’s no more writing allowed!


  1. Not every song of Jeremy’s makes the cut and gets recorded. Sometimes, the job of that song is to free the pipes up for better ideas to come. Sometimes, the song might just need to exist that day. It might bring joy or insight to the people who hear it or read the notes. Just like everything you write won’t make the cut–see the similarity.


As a classically trained musician, Jeremy was a font of knowledge in this episode. He has a super chill way of giving you feedback, expressing new ideas, and dramatizing his experiences! You need to read Road to 99 whether you are a songwriter or not, and especially if you are trying to get past your ego and work with other people. Check him out on Amazon and on his website at www.Roadto99book.com, and earmark this episode to come back to when you need it. You’ll be glad you did. 


Got questions, or ready to work on your book? Reach out to your host, Hilary Jastram, for guidance here → GBYPodcast.com.


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 That’s it for this chapter until next week. In the meantime, write on!


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