What’s the Next Step in Your Songwriting Journey

I Heart Songwriting Club is a global community of passionate songwriters who love to help and inspire people to become great songwriters!
Francesca de Valence, Founder

March 2021

To get to where you want to be in your songwriting journey, writing the songs you want to write, having the successes you want to have, you need to know three things:
1. where you are at now,
2. what your dream destination is, and
2. what the next steps are to take to get you where you want to be.

If you aren’t clear on this, read on. We unpack some common blocks on the path, plus your next steps to becoming the songwriter of your dreams.

Most songwriters dream of the bigtime, but many aren’t asking what the NEXT STEPS are that they can take to get there.

This is a songwriting journey, not dissimilar to a journey travelling from one destination to another. If you want to travel from Melbourne to Cairns, for example, you need to start at Melbourne and head in the direction of Cairns, which is north. And one step after another, over time, you’ll arrive in Cairns. You can’t get on the road to Perth, which is west, because, you guessed it, you’ll arrive in Perth. Not where you wanted to go.

Not only are songwriters daydreaming about the bigtime, they’re not always acknowledging where they are at right now in their songwriting journey. If you’re in Melbourne, acknowledge you’re in Melbourne. You’re not in Sydney, where the journey to Cairns would be shorter, distance-wise.

So, reiterating, to get to where you want to be as a songwriter, you need to know three things:
1. where you are at now in your songwriting journey,
2. what your dream destination is, and
2. what the next steps are to take to get you where you want to be.

One of the benefits of bringing together over 1000 songwriters online in I Heart Songwriting Club, is getting to know so many different songwriters.

Over the 6 and a half years of working with songwriters, it became evident that there is a common songwriting journey and that there are different stages that songwriters can be at along this journey – and some commonalities experienced at these different stages: common blocks, questions, problems, beliefs and perspectives.

As founder of the Club, I wanted to really understand more about this songwriting journey and what these songwriting stages looked like and to test if my ideas were actually true, so I Heart Songwriting Club launched a research study and surveyed and interviewed hundreds of songwriters from all around the world, at all stages of their journey, from beginners, emerging, established to professional songwriters. And from this research we garnered some incredible insights.

Almost all the songwriters felt a sense of self-doubt around their songwriting; that what they create is ‘not good enough’; that they aren’t ‘there’ yet.

This was shared amongst songwriters at all stages of their journey – from beginner songwriters, emerging songwriters, established songwriters and even professional songwriters. The common belief was that their songs (or even themselves) were ‘not good enough’.

For some of these songwriters, this belief was all-consuming and stopped them from taking next steps along the journey, effectively stopping them in their tracks for an extended period of time, possibly indefinitely.

But from the songwriters who had built up some resilience on the journey, and were able to keep going, we learnt that this belief could open up an opportunity for all songwriters: to be developing skill, building resilience and confidence, connecting in community through various songwriting groups, for example.

The opportunity is that these songwriters can choose to be in an evolving nurturing space of learning and growth in their songwriting development — if they are open to it.

However, not all songwriters are open to learning and growing. For some songwriters, their belief runs so deep that they have to be “good enough” to even begin writing (or continue writing).

And that’s the irony of this – to feel a sense of confidence and connectedness to your gifts and skill, you must show up regularly to be able to receive and grow in this space. [side note: you can show up with ease, or with a lot of drama – the choice is yours]

What if to be the songwriter you always dreamed of, is to accept that a songwriter is in a evolving state of growth and connection to their skills and gifts – for life?

Based on the facts of our research, chances are you’re a songwriter who resonates with the feeling that you’re not where you want to be yet, and that what you’re creating is ‘not good enough’.

Here’s a question for you. Are you open to continuing along your songwriting journey; to evolve in your skill and to grow as a songwriter, so that you can arrive at the next stage of the journey towards the bigger destination?

It’s really the only way to get where you want to go. Isn’t it?

If you want to discover where you are on your songwriting journey and what are your next steps you can take to move forward to become the songwriter of your dreams, take our songwriting quiz here.

At the end of the quiz, we’ll share with you where you’re at and some next steps for you to take. These insights are aggregated from hundreds of actual songwriters, not a hypothesis of what non-songwriters might think songwriters need. It’s real, tried, tested and it works and is completely practical to help you physically move forward towards your dream songwriting destination.

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