If you are suffering from a blockage of writers today (like me) …

I love reading about how different people approach the creative process. Obviously there is no correct way, of course. Maybe I'm showing my age, but I love this story about Benny and Bjorn from ABBA:

The most notable thing about the magic of the song, the trills of the piano (famous for Elvis Costello for Oliver's Army), the spiral strings, the way it encapsulates a feeling of inspiring joy, is that it sounds absolutely effortless. With so little effort, critics of the time complained that the band was nothing more than a cold factory of clinical successes that wrote songs on demand, without heart. It's a criticism Björn says he used to drive him crazy, and possibly still do. "Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Fernando, Dancing Queen, The winner takes everything … are they made for a formula?" he asks. "What is that formula? totallyotherwise. We never repeat ourselves. We work very hard to find different styles every time. "

In fact, an untiring work ethic seems to be one of the secrets of Abba's success. Björn and Benny took vacations just to write songs and refused to leave an unfinished song: they worked and worked on it until it was good enough, before focusing their attention on the next one. They were inspired by the Beatles to write each song as a possible hit, only when they had enough for an LP, it became the album. His study sessions were so intense that the engineer, and the "fifth member" of Abba, Michael Tretow told Mojo in 1999 that he was often so busy that he felt on the verge of starvation: "When a red sky passed before my eyes and I was almost fainting, finally they would say, OK, let's eat something!

The first letters of Abba could not have been much more accurate, as Bang-A-Boomerangcan testifies. Oh bang, a boom-a-boomerang / Love is a melody, hum-de-hum-hum-hum). "But when Björn traveled and expanded his reading in English, he began to expand his lyrical palette, addressing bolder and more The band became known for their ability to counteract happy tunes with melancholic, even depressing, lyrics.If it had not been at night, it summed up Björn's bleak mood during his divorce, a disco song with an absolute lyrics. Despair in which the protagonist fears the end of the workday, when they will be left alone to deal with their own thoughts: "There were times when last fall I was with Agnetha that I had those nights myself," he admits. Letters are often based around fiction, but it must have been where it came from. "