All musicians, regardless of age and experience, start their careers at zero. No matter how hard the media tries to paint those successful stories as rosy and effortless, all true artists know it takes hard work and determination to arrive at their goal and most constantly struggle with creating the music they love.

This is not to discourage or scare you. Rather, we’d like to take this opportunity to look at what famous musicians have to say about their songwriting process. We hope they inspire and motivate you to grow your songwriting skills.

1. “It’s only natural to pattern yourself after someone…”

“It is only natural to pattern yourself after someone… But you can’t just copy someone. If you like someone’s work, the important thing is to be exposed to everything that person has been exposed to.”

–Bob Dylan

One of music’s most influential and fascinating artists, Bob Dylan is a prolific and renown