INFJs are supposedly excellent writers. I consider it one of my strengths. No matter if the writing is creative, technical, personal... you name it. However, there's one kind of writing I'm having extreme troubles with: songwriting. I've been composing music for a long time, but I've never made a song with lyrics to it. It's something I've been wishing to do for a long time.
Can you help me realize why is it so difficult for me? Essentially songwriting is not much different from other creative writing. That's the rational approach. However, something is blocking me as soon as I try to get started. I always start to second-guess myself, I become too perfectionistic (nothing's ever good enough), I fear about writing immature clichés, and I suddenly feel like I have nothing to say (although the exact opposite is true!). I feel helpless.
If I'd be able to write songs, they'd be kind of NiFe stuff. NF stuff. Obviously. The kind of things that I'm thinking about all the time.
I recently read a funny thing about INFJs: they tend to collect so much extra data, that they can't verbalize what they've learned anymore! I've been in that very position so often, that I burst out laughing when I read that. It's so true. I overdo my data gathering so much that, when suddenly needed, I don't even know where to begin expressing my chaotic mess of newly acquired heaps of arbitrarily related data. I'm not sure if that made any sense, but it made me wonder if I'm having the same problem with songwriting: I have so much to say, that I don't even know where to begin... and I can't stick to only one theme per song... and so on. I just can't get anything onto paper.
Just for the fun of it, I've done some improvised singing with a friend. We play the piano and sing on top of it any silly stuff that comes into our mind. They are, essentially, songs too... even if they are only silly songs. So, at least this way I'm able to produce lyrics... When I don't even really try! When I'm trying to put conscious effort into an actual, serious song, absolutely nothing happens. It's weird. I suppose it tells me I'm my own worst critic.
I'd appreciate any comments. You don't have to be a musical person to contribute, as this is just about creative writing. How would you NFs approach songwriting? Other types are welcome to contribute too, of course.