One of the awesome things I’ve learned about songwriting over the years is…
No matter what your goal is, learning to improve your craft will get you closer to that goal.
My SongTown co-founder, Marty Dodson, and I started our songwriting careers later in life than most folks. Heck, I didn’t even know there was such a thing until my late 30’s! I just loved writing songs! And although we are pro songwriters, we realize not everyone wants to be a “pro.” So we’ve never focused solely on the “pro aspect” of writing. That usually doesn’t work anyway.
Whether you want to just have fun or are looking for a big artist cut… improving your craft makes it a much better experience.
If you do dream of being a full-time songwriter, then do what real pros like Marty and I do. Focus 99% of your energies on learning something new about songwriting every day. And have fun doing it! We made it our mission when we started SongTown to bring you something of real educational value every day – from writers that walk the walk and love what they do. But remember, striving first to be a “pro” can get you distracted.
And, if you just wanna have fun? Great! Acquiring more skills makes it a more enjoyable experience when you write!
Striving to be the best writer you can be gets you anywhere you need to go as a songwriter.
Clay Mills is a 16-time ASCAP hit songwriter, producer, and performer. His songs have been recorded by such artist as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Babyface, and Kimberly Locke. He has 2 Grammy nominations for “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio and “Heaven Heartache” by Trisha Yearwood. Follow him here: www.songtown.com, at www.claymills.com