Listen to New Music and Incorporate. Ask yourself – Is there something in this song I can incorporate into my own songs or style? What do I dig about this song? Is it the way the melody soars in the chorus? Or maybe a rhyme scheme I’ve never tried before? Improving your craft or art is mostly a matter of knowing what questions to ask! If you are asking questions, then you are learning and coming from a place of growth. If you can find one new tool a month your writing will grow tremendously over time.
Co-write. Co-writing is a great chance to grow and learn from each other. My co-writers over the years have been great at so many different aspects of writing. Some of them had a unique way of twisting a lyrical phrase, some could create masterful melodic hooks, and working with them was a real education. I’m constantly learning new ways to approach my writing through new co-writes. Plus, it’s a fun hang where we can share new music, we dig with each!
Learn and Memorize Songs: A famous classical composer was once quoted as saying “Composing is the act of remembering a melody that has never been written.” Strengthening your song memory is the best way to strengthen your compositing muscle.