by Marty Dodson
Jan 24, 2023
Songwriting is grueling, brain-numbing work with little reward. Then, there are the difficult aspects. It’s easy to get discouraged and I’ve had many friends and co-writers lay down the pen. So, in dedication to those who have given up writing, I want to offer 5 reasons that we should all keep writing, even when it’s hard:
1. You have something to say that no one else can say.
Your life experience gives you a perspective that no one else on earth has. If you don’t write your story, no one ever will. That little piece of humanity is lost without you telling YOUR truth.
2. Your voice deserves to be heard.
In a world where many don’t feel like they have a voice at all, writers do. People will listen to what you write. They want to hear what you have to say. It may be tens of people or millions of people. Either way, let your voice be heard.
3. You can change your world with your songs even if you don’t change THE world.
Songs can impact people in a way that no other medium can. Words and music have power. When you put them together correctly, they are unstoppable.
4. Writing is good therapy.
Without it I would have kept many things inside that I instead put on paper and released out into the world. Even now, my songs are often my most meaningful way of making sense of life and what I believe.
5. Writing is most likely a part of you that is not easily replaced.
Most of us can’t be content to stop writing and take up tennis. Writing is an essential piece of who we are. Giving that up is like giving up a part of our soul.
It’s tough. There’s no doubt. But don’t give up. Write on.
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