At Nashville Chapter's 2016 GRAMMY Block Party, GRAMMY winning songwriters Jason Isbell and Jim Lauderdale share the ins and the outs of inspiration. Being half-awake can help, alcohol can tell you that you need it to write when you don't, but the expense and opportunity of booked studio time takes the top spot. "A deadline is probably my biggest motivator," said Isbell. "That gives me the most inspiration of anything, but I give those to myself nowadays." Lauderdale spoke of needing to get back in the studio and Isbell pushed him not to let anxiety prevent him from committing. "You've got to have something to be terrified of, Jim," he said. "If you go in with just the songs then you're going to be scared if you've got enough songs." Isbell said his starting point is usually "a phrase that seems to come prepackaged with a melody," and that his wife's experiences in graduate school have rubbed off on him with good work tips. The main tip is just to start writing because, "it's hard to be anxious while you're in the process of solving the puzzles," Isbell shared.