Tips for songwriters: Keep writing

I often think about what makes a great song writer. In my opinion it takes a really special person to write quality Christian music.

Many people have a strong desire to write songs, but they just don’t see the results that they want. If you fall into that category, then this post is for you. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to share some tips that will help you create quality songs.

I have been fortunate to have many conversations with some very good song writers. I’m going to share some of the things that I have learned from them.

Continual prayer and bible study are crucial elements. If you aren’t doing those two things, I suggest you stop reading this post now. Get in the habit of praying and reading the bible daily. This will enhance your relationship with God. In my opinion, a strong relationship with God is the foundation of good song writing.

The main tip for this post is for you to write, write, write. Write songs as often as you can. You may not have a record deal. You may not even have a venue to sing in. Those things will come in God’s time. Keep writing.

Some of the songs may not seem like “hits” when you first write them. For every 10 songs that make up your favorite CD, there are probably a couple dozen that never made it to or out of the studio.

It is also important for you to understand that God may give you a song now that he wants you to use for the future. Kirk Franklin wrote Are You Listening a couple of years ago. This was well before the earthquake in Haiti.

As the frequency of your writing increases, it will become easier for you to articulate what God is trying to say to and through you.

There may be times when you feel like you have writers block. Don’t get discouraged. Press on and continue to write the things that God gives you.

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    thanks for writing this. I agree with you totally!

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