Songwriting

5 Habits of Highly Effective Songwriters

by Marty Dodson
Mar 3, 2017

Here are some habits that I’ve noticed are common to highly effective and successful songwriters. The first step toward becoming a pro songwriter is learning to think like one. Here are the common habits I see in my friends who are successful songwriters.

They are always on the lookout for great ideas.

Their antennae are always up when they watch movies, read books, or just in everyday conversation They are looking for anything that is said in a unique and interesting way.

They write regularly.

Even if it’s every Saturday morning for an hour, they make writing a habit. They establish some sort of regularity and routine that works for them. They stick to that routine pretty closely.

They show up.

Even when they don’t feel like writing, they write. They know that writing success comes from consistency over time. They are going to keep putting the butt in the chair until they reach their goals.

They own the muse.

Successful writers are not at the mercy of the muse. They schedule times for her to show up and they expect her to do so. Learning to be creative on demand is a HUGELY important skill for songwriters if they want to succeed.

They WON’T give up.

They learn to get satisfaction from the act of creating itself and they refuse to give up. They WILL keep writing, because they LOVE to write.

If you want to be a pro writer, or a hit writer, try working at those 5 disciplines. Thinking like a pro will get you closer to becoming one.

Write on!
Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson

Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of  The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting and Song Building: Mastering Lyric Writing

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