You know the feeling you get when you are listening to the radio and all of the sudden, a song comes on that is way better than the previous song? It stands out because it is just flat out better. If you have songs that are undeniably great, it won’t take many meetings or shows for you to garner some interest. If you aren’t getting that interest yet, then just take a deep breath and invest your time and energy into writing better songs.
I usually tell people to start with ideas. Few great songs arise from mediocre ideas. Dig deep for great ideas. Find ideas that are unique, and nobody had written about them before. At least no other songs that you’ve heard of. And it’s conditioned to the fact that you keep listening to everything as much as possible, and if you still have an interesting idea that is not already out there, it’s your turn to shine! Challenge yourself not to write an idea that is ordinary. If you find a great idea, it’s easier to write a great song.
I also encourage people to read books on writing and to take classes. Stephen King’s book “On Writing” is a great book for writers. You can find classes on all kinds of topics that improve your writing. Finally, the best way to improve your writing is to write more. The more you can write, the better.
I still have to come back to this advice over and over. If I get frustrated with my lack of success or if people don’t seem as interested in my songs, I remind myself that I need to write better songs. That’s almost always the answer.