Super Sizing Creativity With Accountability

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Shannon Grissom WCS Competition 1/15
WCS Competition 1/15… Photo Courtesy of Brenda Weatherly


There are times when wading in the pool is a good way to start and there are times that call for a cannonball.  This year, I’m opting for the splash!

I have found that super-sizing my creative efforts helps me achieve my goals.  To that end, I have immersed myself in several activities that will help me grow as a songwriter and musician. Last week I participated in my first WCS (West Coast Songwriters )  Songwriting Competition in Palo Alto.  It was a live, televised event, put on by WCS and The Media Center.  It was a fun, supportive experience and I would recommend it to all songwriters.  I did not win any prizes but I totally felt like a winner. Heck, a year and a half ago, I didn’t even know how to play guitar and I was able to get through Good Enough and Dirty Dirty Dog without hitting wrong notes or forgetting the lyrics.  In my book it was a total win! It’s a monthly competition and I’m going to be a regular :O)

I’ve also joined The Song Game  that requires me to write a song a week. The rules are simple…if you don’t write the song, you’re out of the group.

All of these activities, will sharpen my skills as a writer, musician and performer.  Add accountability to the mix and I will definitely stay on track.

I’ll post video from the WCS event as soon as I get footage, and my first song is due Tuesday. I’m excited to see where this takes me.

I’d love to hear what you do to keep your creative goals on target. Please drop me a comment!



2 Responses

  1. Debbi

    I do believe that even Accountability to a group once a week spurs creativity on your own. It requires that you delve into you joy, and once you’re there, you don’t want to leave. Simple but true. Obvioulsy being active in your creative genre’s related groups give you people and energy to feed off of, so the more involved you get, the more you will be inspired….as long as you are careful to leave free time for working on your own and not overwhelming yourself to the point of going backwards. I agree with your route!

    • Shannon Grissom

      Good points Debbi! Thanks for commenting. I am so with you on leaving enough space to work on your own. As an introvert, I require a much greater percentage of alone time v. interactive time. Balance can be a challenge. I tend to err on the side of giving myself a lot of space :O)