6 Steps to Songwriting Success

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I know it can seem difficult sometimes, but achieving songwriting success is very possible. Most of what you need to do involves your mindset and habits; you need to allow yourself to get what you want with your music career. So here we’ll look at some of the most crucial things to be aware of in order for you to reach your goals as a songwriter.

1. Know your purpose as a songwriter
It’s really important to know what you want to achieve as a songwriter or performer in order to get there. That may sound obvious, but it’s often neglected. A lot of times amateur songwriters walk around with the mindset of simply hoping “something’s” going to happen for them, without knowing what that something is.

Whether you want to become a chart-topping performing songwriter, be on a songwriting staff in Nashville, or simply enjoy songwriting as a hobby, you need to define that for yourself. Knowing your purpose is the first step to getting there.

2. Plan your course as a songwriter
Once you know your purpose, you need to know HOW you’re going to get there. Planning is crucial to achieving your goals. A lot of songwriters go around hoping that “someone” will discover them. That’s not a plan. With that mindset, you can also plan to win the lottery. It doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

Instead, come up with a clearly defined plan to achieve your goals. Keep your overall purpose in mind when you lay out your goals. It’s important to attach dates on your goals so they’re not open ended. You’re much more likely to reach your goals if you put an achievable timeframe on them.

I’d recommend laying out plans for the short, mid and long term. It’s okay to modify your goals as you move along, so long as you always have a plan for achieving them in place.

3. Be persistent
As crucial as planning is, it’s important to realize that sometimes your plans aren’t going to work out the way you hoped. It’s okay. It happens to every successful person. When this happens you’ll need to be persistent. Persistence sets those who succeed apart from those who fail. Keep modifying your plans, until you find one that works. Most people give up at the first sign of failure, and as a result never achieve the success they’ve hoped for.

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