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Goal Setting for Songwriters

We've got big dreams. Let's get them down on paper and start making them happen. Read on. | SongFancy.com

Songwriters have dreams. Songwriters dream about writing songs and building up a collection of work they’re proud of. We dream of garnering some sort of recognition for our craft. Even some of us dream of taking our songs to the stage, to the airwaves, across the country or the world. Songwriters have dreams and the Songwriters have dreams, but dreams should always come with plans. A dream without a plan is just a fantasy. Dreams are beautiful, inspiring things. They provoke us, they wake us up, they give us the fire to get up and chase them. But a dream can just as easily slip through your fingers if you don’t...

Feeling Festive? When to Write that Christmas or Holiday Song

Save up those Christmas songs, they could become classics. Here's why: | SongFancy.com

It seems that every year, when the nights get longer and colder, when our living room is festooned with presents, ornaments, and glistening lights, I really really want to sit down and write Christmas songs. Another thing that compels me to write Christmas songs is that I feel like it’s an rare opportunity to write something that could be extraordinarily meaningful. Christmastime is always equal parts anxiety and joy for me. It’s materialism and spiritualism, it’s unconditional love and unrelenting pressure. It’s timelines and deadlines and flight paths and slow lanes. I always want to write something that could take someone back to the heart of it all – love. Do...

The Best Books on Songwriting, the Music Business, and Creativity

Here are the best books on songwriting, the music industry, and creativity. Click for links! | SongFancy.com

Looking  for some reading on songwriting? Or maybe you’re searching for the perfect stocking stuffer for that songwriter in your life? Here’s a collection of books I highly recommend. They’re either books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or are considered staples in any songwriter’s library. Books are listed in three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity. A quick disclaimer, yes, these are mostly affiliate links. Using affiliate linking is a nice, un-obtrusive way for this blog to bring in some income, as opposed to utilizing Google ads or other distracting elements. I want to give y’all the best reading...

7 Inspiring Podcasts for Songwriters

Laugh, cry, and get inspired with these great podcasts for songwriters | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

The DIY Musician Podcast from CD Baby Probably my favorite podcast like, ever. It’s a shame it only comes out pretty randomly every month or so. But each episode is well worth a listen. Host Kevin Breuner is so casual and calming, which makes this podcast super easy to listen to. You’ll get interviews with touring bands, songwriters, promoters, lawyers, and a whole gamut of relevant, in-depth music industry conversations. I used to take this cast to the gym with me every time I went, until I ran out of episodes! The Music Biz Cast with Kelly Castor Kelly Castor goes in depth with artist on their career strategies. He interviews with a...

My Top 10 Favorite Songwriting and Music Industry Blogs

All my favorite places to read about songwriting! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

This list could get so big. So fast. So I’m keeping it to the greatest hits! Here are all my favorite blogs and resources that I read obsessively:   DIY Musician Blog from CD Baby This blog is chock full of easy to digest how-to’s for those of us who just need some plain language explanations of how the heck to do this whole music career thing! Man Vs. Row by Brent Baxter I was lucky enough to have a mentoring session with Brent a couple years back, and I have followed his blog ever since. He’s got cuts for days with artists like Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, and Alan Jackson....

4 Ways to Push Past the Dreaded Second Verse Curse

Writer's block always seems to hit right around that second verse. Here's how you can push past that Second Verse Curse and finish you song! | Songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

Ah, the Second Verse Curse. You knew exactly what I was talking about the moment you read that title. It’s a thing. It’s an awful thing. The Second Verse Curse is something you’ve experience many times, but probably didn’t have a name for until now. It’s that moment when you’re knocking through a song and it’s awesome, everything’s going great. You have your awesome idea, your first verse set up the scene perfectly. Your chorus came really quickly and you’re feeling really good about where this is going — until you have to write the second verse. Cue break-screech.mp3. All songwriters have experienced the giant hurdle that is the Second...

3 Major Myths about Where Great Song Ideas Come From

All creatives get duped into believeing one thing: that we are hopelessly dependent on the whim of the muse. Here's what you can do to break the spell: | Songwriting tips at SongFancy.com

Ok, so if you read my last post on the perpetuated untruth of magical inspiration, then you know this is something I’m passionate about. It makes me so sad to see other creatives sitting around, lost, waiting for a bolt of inspiration to propel them to create. Y’all, you have so much more creative potential to offer the world – you’re not doomed to a life of artistic frustration! You can absolutely live an inspired, creatively fulfilled life! And it starts with realizing that inspiration is not something you should be waiting around for. So in this post I really wanted to drive it home and talk specifically about great song ideas. Think...

The Honest Truth About Inspiration: You have to make it for yourself.

Stop killing yourself over not feeling "inspired enough" to be a songwriter. You ARE a songwriter. Here's how you get your inspiration back. | More songwriting tips on SongFancy.com

One of the things I strive to do at SongFancy is  be really real with you. When I first made the decision to move away from home and everyone I knew in order to pursue a songwriting career in Nashville, I quickly learned that this industry is full of people who wouldn’t think twice about taking my money and telling me what I wanted to hear. Been down that road plenty of times. So I’m being really real with you when I tell you one of the harsher truths may have to hear: Waiting around to “get inspired to write a song” instead of actually writing a song is not going...

The 3 Reasons Why You Need a Pre-Writing Ritual Before you Sit Down to Write

Want a great writing experience each time you sit down? Start by establishing your very own songwriting pre-writing ritual. Songwriting tips! | SongFancy.com

Do you have a coffee obsession like I do? Just thinking about coffee makes me begin to relax. I can feel my mind starting get a little less tense, and a lot more, “It’s cool man, everything’s gonna be fine.” I can smell it roasting. Suddenly I’m transported to my favorite coffee shop, in my favorite comfy chair by the window, with my laptop and some work that I’m about to get the heck DONE. Coffee has always had that effect on me. It makes me relax, while simultaneously energizing me in the best ways. I’m ready to write that song, to write that blog post, to do that thing,...

5 Ways to Be More Productive when Writing at Home

Songwriting tips for how to write your best when you have to stay at home. Here's how to do it in your own writing room. Click through to read! | SongFancy.com

Writing at home is the beeest. Until it’s the worst. It’s like the difference between going to Starbucks to get some work done, or staying home on the comfy couch with your laptop because that’s your happy place at the moment. Sometimes a separate “office space” like a writing room at your PRO calls to you. You might just have to get out of the house to be able to focus on writing that song and not doing the 12 loads of laundry that’s stacked up overnight. But what about those days when you just can’t get away? When you have to write from home, there are a few things you...