“Write a better song.”Do you play your songs at a writer’s night and get blank stares from the audience? You need to write a better song. Do you play your songs for publishers and get rejected almost every time? Write a better song. Do you pitch your songs all over the place and never hear back? Writing better songs will change all of that. The list goes on and on.
Learning to write a better song is the only chance we have when things aren’t going our way as songwriters.And, writing YOUR best song is literally the best you can do as a writer. I encourage each writer I work with to stop comparing their songs or their progress to anyone else and just work at continuing to get better as compared to their own work.
If you are writing better songs than you were six months ago, you’re moving in the right direction.If you’re not, then you need a mentor or guide to help you figure out why they aren’t getting better. There’s no shame in not being where you want to be or in falling short as a writer. Only in being content to stay there. Everyone can improve if they are teachable and they work hard. If you haven’t written your best song yet, join the club! I haven’t either (I hope)! Join the club and lets challenge each other to keep working until we have written ALL of the great songs we have inside us! Write on! Write on! ~MD
Author: Marty Dodson