I think this is the right forum.... I get these newsletters from Reverbnation and find them interesting enough to not unsubscribe. This section below caught my attention because I'm currently in a project with a very talented singer/songwriter/guitarist who writes excellent songs. The rest of the band wants to collaborate and write songs for the project as well but they just come up with marginal riffs with no room for vocals. I keep on saying, "vocals, chorus, melodies" but they say that will come in time. Jamming around one chord isn't my jam. Am I off-base? Would you find it patronizing if you got a copy of this blog post in your email from a bandmate? From the Reverbnation blog post: Co-Writing: How To Be A Great Collaborator And How To Attract One | ReverbNation Blog Your Song Arsenal Write often on your own. Make it as much of a ritual as you can. To be super prepared for a co-writing session, write often enough that at all times you have the following in your song arsenal: At least 3 new yet unfinished ideas to bring to the table. Perhaps a stand-alone chorus, a set of lyrics, or a melody. Maybe even just a song title! At least 2-3 essentially finished songs but could use re-writing. If you haven’t reached the point of satisfaction with these songs, that is a good thing. Let your collaborator help pull the song into its ideal form. Your most recently finished song or songs. Ask for some small notes. Maybe there is an out of place rhyme that could use a tweak that you accidentally missed! Bringing lots of options to the table will give your collaborator confidence in you, and a fun experience choosing their favorites out of your arsenal. Plus, by their choices, you can assess their aesthetic. It’s an amazing way to get to know someone.