Eric Clapton wrote "Tears in Heaven" after the death of his young son, Conor. (Image via tonereport.com)
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." –Confucius
Some of the greatest and most successful songs were written after heart-wrenching moments in life. When you're actually in one of those scenarios, though – be it coping with a breakup, death, illness, or other serious life events – getting through the tragedy can seem impossible. At a certain point, we'll listen to those great songs that inspire us to pick ourselves back up and eventually grasp reality.
There have certainly been moments in my own life where the only way to get through what I was dealing with was through writing. I've been able to look back and see how I've grown and strengthened as a person and musician by choosing songwriting as my outlet. To make coping easier, engaging in a healthy, creative way to manage the aftermath can help you grow emotionally and musically, as well as move forward in your life and career. Here are some some steps that will have you on your way to writing a memorable song during difficult times.