I know everyone’s at different levels in their music experience, but curious about how others focus and keep improving in making music. I joined a local NSAI group three years ago. We meet monthly to talk about songwriting, do some learning exercises, analyze some hit songs and share a couple songs we have written for critique. Nashville also has writers who will occasionally do a workshop at some of the local groups which members can attend for a small fee. My membership also includes 12 free critiques of songs a year and a couple of mentoring sessions for feedback. In addition, I had joined a couple of on-lines sites which had a lot of learning videos and some on-line small group critiques. I am sort of tired of the video learning at this point. I do have quite a library of songwriting books. I just purchased a book by Robin Frederick, Song Starters: 365 Lyric, Melody, & Chord Ideas to Kickstart Your Songwriting(it’s on Amazon), which I am enjoying reading at the present. Also, I recently met a musician on-line who had taken a lot of songwriting workshops in Nashville with pro-writers and he has been working with me on writing better lyrics. I enjoy these on-line song challenges and skirmishes which offer prompts that motivates me to write about subjects I would maybe have never considered on my own. I know my technical music skills need some help, so I hope to get back to guitar lessons in a couple of months after my busy work schedule settles down and am hoping to play with a band this year. It’s also been great to see how other people interpret the prompts and write their songs. Anyway, just wanted to share and hear from others.