“To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong” – Joseph Chilton Pierce

Today I want to share with you my personal thoughts on fear in songwriting.

You know, I’ve never heard of anyone dying from writing a song but I know some songwriters that fear their own songwriting like they fear their own death.

I used to feel this type of fear whenever I wrote songs. I feared that my songs were not good enough, I feared that I was not going to be taken seriously as a songwriter.

I wrote my first song at the age of 12, but it took me until I was well into my thirties before I faced my songwriting fears and conquered them.

This fear I had came from the assumption that any song I was writing would automatically fall short of an expectation of what I though the end result of my songwriting session should be.

That expected end result is songwriting perfection.

I felt like any song that fell short of songwriting perfection was a bad song and therefore it’s to be feared and avoided at all costs. I was essentially equating writing a ‘bad’ song to being a bad person.

How silly is that?

If you experience fear in your own songwriting process, here’s a little tip… Relax a little, relieve yourself of any expectation and just write without prejudice.

Conserve your energies for something much more useful and productive (like writing more songs).

Imagine what it would be like to just put down anything that comes into your mind and not feel guilty about whether it’s good or not?

Today, we live in a world that expects instantaneous results. It expects that one plus one will always equal two however, when you write songs, try to cultivate the concept that one plus one equals whatever you want it to be.

When you’re able to grasp that concept, you’re well on your way to songwriting freedom.

Every songwriter has fears. I have fears, you have fears and really when you think about it, fear is a necessary part of life.

Your job, as a songwriter is to look at your songs and dig deep inside yourself to find those spaces where you feel at your most venerable and ask yourself “what am I really scared of?” And write about it

For me, my main fear was of my songs not being liked by others. I thought that if people didn’t like my songs then they didn’t like me as well.

What absolute rubbish!

Don’t paralyse your songwriting by fear. Liberate yourself by taking some sort of action today. Write without prejudice and you’re well on your way to write songs without fear holding you back.

Imagine how that would feel like…

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting