Rocker Sting is struggling to write songs as he gets older because he is now more critical of his work than ever before.
The Police frontman, who turned 60 earlier this month (Oct11), was a prolific songwriter at the start of his career but admits it is "rare" for him to churn out new material these days.
He says, "Writing a song for me is a rare thing now. It gets more difficult as you get older because your filters are much more refined and your inner critic is very tough.
"When you're younger, the filters aren't on. Out it comes. Three songs a day, 21 a week. You have to put yourself in a state of grace where you're open to ideas coming to you. It's very satisfying when you find one but facing a blank page doesn't get any easier."
But despite his writer's block, the Roxanne singer has no plans to retire, adding, "I love being on stage and I'll probably do it until the day I fall off it."