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#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. - 

#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.