The Best Songwriting Books to Level Up Your Craft


Sarah Spencer

Required reading for songwriters! The best songwriting books, books on creativity, and the music industry. |

These are the best songwriting books I’ve ever read.

Plus a few more. Because most likely if you’re interested in songwriting, you’re definitely a creative, and you’re probably curious about how the music industry works, too!

So I’ve organized this list into three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity.

These are books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or would consider to be staples in any songwriter’s library.

Enjoy the songwriting books and let me know if you pick up any of them!

Songwriting Books


Writing Better Lyrics
By Pat Pattison


Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice
By Pat Pattison


Pat Pattison’s Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming for Poets and Lyricists
By Pat Pattison


Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting
By Ralph Murphy


Six Steps to Songwriting Success, Revised Edition: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
By Jason Blume




This Business of Songwriting: Revised 2nd Edition
By Jason Blume


Making  Music Make Money: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher
By Eric Beall


Market Your Music Online Workbook
By Katherine Forbes


How Nashville Became Music City, USA: 50 Years of Music Row
By Michael Kosser


Getting Signed! An Insider’s Guide to the Record Industry
By George Howard


Music, Money, and Success
By Brabec & Brabec


What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business
By Peter M. Thrall


All You Need to Know About the Music Business: 9th Edition
By Donald S. Passman


Creativity & Happiness

The War of Art
By Steven Pressfield


The Artist’s Way
By Julia Cameron


Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
By Austin Kleon


The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity
By Carrie Bloomston


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Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN.

Born in the Sunshine State, Sarah Spencer writes vibrant, shining americana/pop music. She works in Nashville TN as a singer/songwriter, as well as a UX designer for a marketing firm.

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