You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

I’ve had people come up to me and introduce themselves in a setting where I suspected that they were also songwriters. When I ask if they are writers they say, “Not a real writer – I’ve never had anything recorded”.

That always breaks my heart. I believe that commercial success does not make one a writer any more than donating to a charity makes one a good person.

Those things are outward measures that people can see and make conclusions based on. But even those conclusions aren’t always accurate. I have known people that donated tons of money to charity to make themselves feel better for the crappy way they live. And, I’ve known people who were admittedly NOT writers that happened to be in the room when a hit was written and they got their name on the song as a writer. Those outward signs can be deceiving.

If you are a writer, you are a writer because you have a writer’s heart. You see the world through different lenses. You feel and experience the world with a passion that others don’t have. You are able to put the world into words. If you are a songwriter, you put it into words and music.

That is a rare gift. And the gift is not measured by dollars and cents. The gift is measured by the continual outpouring of your soul onto paper so that others might be able to hear your work and say “That’s exactly what I was feeling, but I couldn’t find the words to say it.” It’s giving of yourself so that others might dance, laugh or sing.

If you judge your writing in those ways, you will agree that you only fail if you stop writing. The amount of commercial success you achieve doesn’t need to define you. I’m not a better writer because I’ve had several #1 songs. I’m a better writer because I keep writing.

So, my message today is – Don’t give up. Don’t be discouraged. Just keep writing. Keep doing everything you can do to improve your skills and keep pouring your heart out.

Whatever you achieve with that strategy, you will be a winner AND you will be a writer. Own it.




Marty Dodson is a multi #1 songwriter and co-founder of

3 thoughts on “You Fail Only If You Stop Writing Songs

  1. Ahhh Bull Shit ! Easy to say when you are living the life . Starving and working jobs that you hate writing and writing hopeful some song will finally get published . You probably laugh when your writing the comments because you know that unless there in the circle of writers there’s not a chance in hell that there works will ever be reviewed by publishing houses! Why would they want anyone else in the circle? They make excellent money and are awarded for their works ! You can write 10,000 songs Marty Dodson wouldn’t read one of them if you had cancer and it was your one wish! And just so it looks like there good they give advice and charge for lessons. Then when the Circle of Top Writers gets together they make jokes about all the desperate writers who keep trying! Come to music Row try to set a meeting with anyone who can record and publish your writing work! You won’t get a chance to even introduce your self ! Never Quit Just Don’t Share keep your Songs and Concepts to yourself, don’t record demos stop feeding the circle! Eventually the game will change and if they want to or not , they need to let others have a chance! American Greed Music Industry is Corupt as any other Industry in America! Old Systems Set Up long ago . But it’s crumbling down like all the other systems in America!

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