Say what you will about Taylor Swift, but her songwriting skills are sick.
She’s won the big songwriting awards, like the Nashville Songwriters Association International Award for Songwriter/Artist of the Year seven times and the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
I think she deserves every songwriter’s ear.
In an interview with The Boot, she offers one of the best pieces of songwriting advice I’ve heard.
“My advice to first-time songwriters would be you know the person you are writing the songs about,” she says. “First know that. Then write a letter to them, what you would say if you could.”
The reason I love this songwriting tip is because I have trouble with focus in my songs. Writing a letter would combat lack of focus.
Try this: write a letter to someone. Then turn that letter into a song.
Who knew Taylor Swift could teach you something useful…