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What Are YOUR Songwriting Goals?

In my quest to have the best songwriting year to date I decided to start working out what my songwriting goals would be for this year and then share them with you all to remain accountable.

In doing this exercise I also wanted to throw the question open to you.

“What Are YOUR Songwriting Goals?”

A good place to start working out your songwriting goals is a recent Robin Frederick article that I came across on her My Song Coach blog called “Set Your Songwriting Goals” in which she outlines four main goals to aspire to.

  1. Give yourself time and place to be a songwriter
  2. Study success to be successful
  3. Collaborate
  4. Challenge old habits

Robin also gives us some handy tips on how to write down your goals. One of the best tips I found in her article was that we should…

“…pick goals that are achievable. Make sure they’re something YOU have control over.  Avoid vague goals like “I’m going to write a hit song.” Instead, make them specific, break them down into small steps and create a timeline.”

In general people tend to start a brand new year with a series of non-specific resolutions and goals for all facets of their lives (health, work, relationships, money etc) and this tends to overwhelm the individual so making sure your songwriting goals are specific and broken down into bite sized chunks is very, very important.

As I’m still formulating my own songwriting goals, I don’t have much to show you at this stage but thanks to Robin Frederick and her “Set Your Songwriting Goals” article I certainly have been given a good foundation to start from.

Now, that question again for you… “What Are YOUR Songwriting Goals?”

Until next time, keep on writing,

Corey Stewart
All About Songwriting

2 Comments

  1. Heh Corey, best of luck with your songwriting goals for this year, I’m sure you will be successful if you can visualize yourself achieving your goals before you start.

    I think goal setting for such a thing can usually come from confidence, with what you have achieve the year before. If you are a 6 song a year person for arguments sake. then you can set goals around those figures providing life has a consistent flow for you. Then stretch things out if that’s what you want to do.

    Take your time keep it simple and tick off the little things one at a time.
    Example
    Start your lyrics.
    Start your music
    Being prepared to slog things out if inspiration heads south.

    My songwriting goals have changed for me this year.
    I’m keen on helping my friends or peers with their songs, which I’m loving. It has taken a lot of pressure off me and I find I am enjoying this new role.

    Have fun, and keep things fresh.

  2. Good stuff Corey! As a singer/songwriter, I need to be better at setting goals. I find that I tend to just wait until the muse taps me on the shoulder … sometimes it’s frequent, but more often it’s not. I’ve never made song writing into a disciplined process and since I began rather late in life, I think it’s high time I made the effort. Thanks for the prompt. Check out my blog if you have a chance, I’ve just posted a couple of new songs and would appreciate constructive feedback … Judson http://judson2history.wordpress.com/

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