Post FAWM junkie clubs

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  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    Hi everyone! If like me in previous years you are dreading the pending FAWM withdrawals and the inevitable anticlimax (it's all ending - ahhhhhh!!!!) and 50/90 in July feels too far away (what am I going to do without it?!?) Rest assured that there are plenty of other online clubs and communities where you can get your songwriting 'fix' run by fellow FAWMers (if there are some I don't know about, please please big them up here!)

    First off there is the post FAWM 'Album Production Challenge' run by @johnstaples, @tcelliott and @mikeskliar This was first borne post 50/90 and challenges you to make an album in 2 months out of your FAWM material (with everyone else there supporting and guiding you with mixing and DAW advice). It starts on March 1st and runs to May 1st. Search up Album Production Challenge on Facebook and ask to join!

    Next up is 'Song Skirmish' run by @brownium @metalfoot @acousticmaddie @andygetch to name a few. This follows the skirmish format of a prompt a week written and posted in an hour BUT you can choose when you do it. There is a facebook group as well as a website: it's Song Skirmish on FB or go to

    Then there's GYAWS or 'Get Your Ass Writing Songs!' run by @ajna1960. There is a prompt a week agreed on by members poll which we all write to - no critiquing - and post by the deadline. Amanda makes a podcast of all the songs in a particular theme. She has already posted a topic about joining here:

    @tcelliott runs 'The Almost Daily Writing Prompt' which does what it says on the tin - gives you a daily writing prompt! Useful if you are stuck for ideas! On Facebook search up The Almost Daily Writing Prompt.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    Nashville based songwriter Sarah Spencer runs the '5in5 Songwriting Challenge' several times a year - or write 5 songs in 5 days (next one will be April 2-6). Prompts are given daily and you post them in the group with the support of everyone else taking part. Look for 5 in 5 on FB.

    @Jibbidy34 (me) and @wobbiewobbit run 'The SongWrite Inn' Facebook group with @songwritingzen and a few others using writing games, weekly prompts and online events to inspire and provide a community for songwriters. We'd love to have you join us! It's a closed group on Facebook, just search up The SongWrite Inn

    And of course there is '50/90' or 50 songs in 90 days songwriting challenge starting on July 4th 2018 and ending October 1st. It is an offshoot of FAWM and you will find pretty much all the same lovely people there that you do here!

    FAWM also has it's own Facebook group which most of you are already aware of! But for any newbies it's here:

    Please let me know if there are any more groups or clubs I should include (or didn't mention someone involved in running the above) in this list.
    Peace all x

  • @andygetch  Feb 27

    Wow @jibbidy34 you covered almost all of my writing places.

    Another big one for me is National Solo Album Month. Very different from FAWM and 5090 in that the challenge is to write and record at least 29:09 of music as a truly solo effort. There is not as much social interaction and there are no collaborations, songwriting games or prompts. A few of us FAWM'ers participate. There is not as much commenting going on but there is also a Facebook group

    There is one more songwriting challenge that I sometimes do The Fearless Songwriter. That is a Facebook group to write a song a day to a prompt for seven days. It runs several times a year. The first week of FAWM @bethdesombre was the guest host.

  • @andygetch  Feb 27

    There are other writing challenges I have used for songwriting. National Novel Writing Month in November and Camp NaNoWriMo in April and July where rather than just write a novel for the word count, I use writing to generate song ideas and a few short stories may pop out.

    Lyric writers may be interested in the National Poetry Writing Month in April which has a prompt a day. I have also used this challenge to generate song ideas.

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    Thanks @andygetch very useful! I forgot about National Solo Album Writing month. Thanks for the share on those links!

  • @vomvorton  Feb 27

    Songfight is worth a mention too: - a new title every ten days or so, people write a song to that title and vote for a winner. Slightly more critical than FAWM as people are choosing favourites but I've been taking part for a good chunk of the last year and have found it excellent motivation, especially when there aren't other challenges going on. A few other familiar FAWM names there too.

    Unfortunately most of the longer links in this thread (i.e. the facebook ones) are broken due to that FAWM bug that cuts off the text!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    ok @vomvorton that's a good one to look into. And thanks for letting me know re links! All fixed now.

  • @ayehahmur  Feb 27

    Wow! Great to know the good work continues. I can't imagine much worse than letting yourself lapse into doing nothing song-wise again. Having said that, I've focussed pretty hard on FAWM and let a few other things slide, but I'm going to sign up to a few of these anyway and see how it goes.
    Thanks @jibbidy34 !!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    No probs @ayehahmur! I have been FAWMing since 2013 and at first I felt really lost when it all ended - if you are like me and really love the momentum and the feedback, it's worth joining some interim communities!

  • @keithcuts Feb 27

    Excellent post @jibbidy34

  • @treble  Feb 27

    Thank you so much everyone!

  • @johnstaples  Feb 27

    I'm already starting to feel sad...FAWM withdrawal...

    Thanks @jibbidy34 for providing some options!!

  • @snoozin  Feb 27

    Thank you for this wonderful information!

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    You're welcome @snoozin @johnstaples @keithcuts @ayehahmur and @treble! Anything to help my clan x

  • @spingo  Feb 27

    Thanks for all the links!

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 27

    Im already planning for the post fawm blues. Fortunately i think ive created so much work it might carry me through. Oh and ive joined a few of the groups above when it just gets too much. šŸ˜€

  • @mikeskliar  Feb 27

    nice thread,.. yeah, will ease the 'fawm withdrawal' a little bit!

  • @sheamiejay  Feb 27

    Still two days!

  • @coolparadiso  Feb 27

    Only today here !

  • @jibbidy34  Feb 27

    Yay Iā€™m glad its helping!

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  • @gutberlet  Feb 28

    Thanks for all the info!

  • @tuneslayer2018  Feb 28

    thank you for posting this @jibbidy34 !! There's only one problem: I'm not on Facebook so anything that's hosted there is a no-go. Do you (or anybody else) have links to similar groups on Google Plus? If not maybe I'll have to try to start my own.

  • @sunnymae  Feb 28

    Wow thank you to all the contributors on these posts! I am totally freaked out in a quiet way today. It's like the end of sleepaway camp šŸ˜®(
    I will copy all this great info and have already joined facebook and the album challenge. Good luck to all šŸ˜®)))

  • @jibbidy34  Mar 1

    Cool! I look forward to bumping into some of you lovely people in some of these other communities. I belong to pretty much all of them! We have a couple of games running today over at The SongWrite Inn. Sugar coat the pill of FAWMover a little? Until next time. Take care all. Peace x

  • @neonpaul Mar 1

    For anyone on Reddit, there is a [song a week]( subreddit which has weekly (optional) themes/prompts and has a pretty supportive userbase. (Alternatively there is a song-a-month one too).

  • @pipewrench67  Mar 1

    There is also this Album production challenge if you intend to refine you FAWM (or any other) works.

  • @brrrse  Mar 1

    And in April is Camp NaNoWriMo - a spring retreat version of NaNoWriMo ... Look me up there..

  • @squeakmouse73 Mar 1

    Thank you for this wealth. Being part of all of them, one may not succeed in submitting something every day, week, or whatever, but at least it keeps some ideas flowing and give you something to go back to.

  • @nateger Mar 2

    Thanks for putting this all together! I'm definitely feeling a bit lost after FAWM and hope to keep the momentum up šŸ˜€

  • @darcistrutt  Mar 2

    @brrrse and @andygetch Iā€™m planning on camp in April too!

  • @mardeycranbleson  Apr 10

    bump so i can find this!

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