The more accurate you are in regard to that self-assessment, the better success you will have attracting co-writers who fill in the blanks for you.
1) Be the kind of co-writer you hope to find.
If you are organized and professional, then you will be more likely to attract that kind of person. If you listen more than you talk, you will attract co-writers who listen to YOU. The more respect you give the more you will receive.
2) Be open to lots of different things.
People who are willing to try new things get more opportunities. I am on a virtual writing retreat with an artist that I just found out about the day before the event. I was a last-minute call because someone dropped out and they knew that I would be open to being a last-minute replacement.
3) Utilize virtual hangouts to meet and attract co-writers.
In this stay-at-home phase, we’ve been dealing with, many of us don’t have the option to check out live writer’s nights or other events where potential co-writers will be. Communities like SongTown have weekly online zoom hangouts to share your songs with other writers and meet creatives like yourself.
4) Come into every co-write prepared.
Word gets around. If you come loaded with ideas and ready to work, you’re a valued co-writer.
5) Give lots of people a chance.
The more co-writes you have, the more you learn about the KIND of co-writer that is best for you.
6) If you want to attract co-writers, be honest with yourself about what you do best.
Becoming better at self-assessment will allow you to attract co-writers who fill in the blanks for you. My best strengths do not lie in melodies or guitar, so I write with people who do those things really well. That allows me to focus on what I do best. The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting is a great book to help you access where you currently are with your skills and quickly level up your co-writing game.
Try out these 6 things and see if it helps you meet and attract co-writers that elevate your game.
Write on! MD
Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing