#1: Don't lose focus of your calling. Write for the Lord, not for radio or CCLI.
#2: If you wanna be a disciplined songwriter, put writing in your weekly schedule & have someone keep you accountable.
#3: Make a habit of writing.
#4: What brings a listener to a song is melody. What keeps them is lyric. –Ralph Murphy
#5: A songwriting process that doesn't involve both your mind and heart may not result in a worthwhile song.
#7: When you face writer's block try changing your environment.
#8: Don't wait for inspiration. Just start writing. Inspiration will follow.
#9: Songwriting takes risk. Be willing to take risks and push the limits.
#10: If you always use technology when you write (i.e. iPad), try just using pen & paper. Or, vice versa.
#11: Be steady. Be faithful. Don't chase after the spotlight.
#12: To be a songwriter in Nashville is to have the heart of a poet and the hide of a rhino. –Bob Morrison
#13: The space and the rests in music are just as important as the notes. It’s those pauses that make the notes valuable. -Paul Baloche
#14: Good lyrics and melody go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly.
#18: Be sure to copyright your songs w/ the U.S. Copyright Office.
#19: Show, don't tell.
#22: Writing only when you're inspired will make you as successful as the marathon runner who only runs when he feels like it.
#25: Asking for feedback from others should be a regular part of your songwriting. Don't dismiss ones you don't initially agree with.
#27: Co-writing is one of the best ways to grow as a songwriter. Build relationships with other writers.
#30: Worship songs can't just be rooted in culture - they won't be deep enough. They have to be rooted in scripture. -Matt Redman
#33: Songwriters, remember there are real, hurting people all around you. Don't just write the songs, live them out. That is the greater calling.
#36: Start your next song in a way that you've not tried before. If you usually begin with the lyric, try starting with the rhythm or hook.
#38: If songwriting has become an idol in your life, the best thing for you may be to lay it all down in surrender to God.
#40: If you wanna improve quickly as a songwriter, co-write often with various songwriters.
#42: Sometimes we take songwriting way too seriously. Try writing a humorous song. Humor is often the medicine people need.
#55: Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. –Lawrence Kasdan
#59: No matter how much money you put into production poor songwriting is poor songwriting.
#62: Make writing a regular habit. Schedule a time each week or each day.
#66: Too busy to write down lyrics? Try using ur phone/digital recorder while driving to/from places.
#70: Write like it's the last song you will ever write.
#78: Read fiction.
#80: If you're stuck while writing a song, find another songwriter to help you get unstuck.
#83: I am a writer. Writers operate in small rooms, shut away from the rest of the world and kept from normal people. -Tony Wood
#90: Pull in the listener in the first 10 seconds.
#100: For me, songwriting is something like breathing: I just do it. But that doesn't mean you're fantastic. -Adam Duritz
#111: Whether you are experiencing life's highs or lows, songwriting can be rejuvenating for your soul.
#123: Don't blame the producer when your song doesn't become a "success". 99 times out of 100, the song was weak. - @hillseanpaul
#144: It is the writer’s privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart. –William Faulkner
#159: Write expectantly. Don't be dismayed if you leave a line half written; in time the lyric will come.
#188: Often, the songs most received are the ones not intended to be. Be real, honest & sincere - God will do the rest.
#195: Write a song that puts a smile on someone's face.
#202: Sing to the Lord a new song.
#213: People are emotional beings. Take your listener on an memorable and honest emotional journey.
#251: Write with the Bible open.
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