Writing songs isn’t a talent — it’s a set of skills that you can learn, practice, and master.
If you find it hard to write lyrics and finish songs, you’re not alone. Learning how to write songs is just as technical and challenging as learning a musical instrument from scratch.
This craft calls for a unique blend of creative writing skills, musical ability, and performance skills — which of those you focus on is up to you, but they’re all abilities that you can earn, little by little, through study and practice.
But how do you effectively practice songwriting skills? That’s the question song written attempts to answer. Here you’ll find blog posts, podcasts, books, and online courses to take you deeper into the craft and write songs that give your listeners chills.
Thanks for reading song written. I hope you find something here that inspires you, and helps you write a song that you can be proud of.
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Hi, I’m Nick.
I started song written back in 2009 as a place to think out loud about the craft of songwriting. By then I’d already studied fiction and poetry for a decade, and I’d been making music for 8 years.
Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky to have people say some nice things about song written:
- In July of 2012, CDBaby’s D.I.Y. Musician blog named me one of their top 100 Must-Follow Music Resources on Twitter.
- In 2012 I made a cameo in the book Songwriting Without Boundaries, written by legendary songwriting teacher Pat Pattison at Berklee College of Music and published by Writer’s Digest Press.
- Songwriting author and Taxi veteran Robin Frederick tweeted links to song written posts way back in 2010, when this site was just knee-high to a grasshopper. Thank you, Robin.
- In June 2013, HuffPost Live invited me on as a guest to help interview legendary songwriter Diane Warren.
This website is about your songwriting, not about mine. But if you’re curious, you can find a few samples of my own lyrics and music here.