hi, I'd love to get more into writing songs. I have all the gear I need: a guitar, a bass, ampsimulations for both, some cool plugins for piano and strings (I prefer symphonic metal) and something to program drums. Of course also a DAW, good headphones and speakers... I can also use those items fairly well. I fail to get a starting point. Mostly I try to start with a riff, or I program drums and play something over it to see what comes out. But a lot of times its just the same chuggy 0-0-0-7-8-0-0-5-0-0-0 generic style riff. I'm really inspired and I love the new Epica record and I'm trying to steer into that direction, but fail at finding a good start. Even when I have a melody in my head and try to play it on guitar it doesn't sound that great or too boring. do you guys have any tips for me? resources, places to start? other approaches? I will get a 7 string tomorrow in the mail (NGD will follow), maybe that sparks some ideas (generally different tunings could be interesting) thank you! cheers!