Seek Out Feedback When Writing Songs
Sharing your songs with other people is a scary but essential step that can dramatically accelerate your growth as a writer. Songwriting groups, which are everywhere these days, are a great forum for sensitive and informed feedback. Other writersâ critiques and suggestions are valuable even if you disagree with themâopposing views can help clarify your own position.
Canadian singer-songwriter Ferron leads writing workshops and often finds that participants make the mistake of only wanting to hear her feedback. âIf youâre an entertainer, youâre going to have a random audience,â she says. âItâs not going to be your chosen audience. So if Sally next to you here says, âI like this song, but . . . ,â itâs just as valid as anything.â
Excerpted from Songwriting Basics for Guitarists