Isolation does little to contribute to our growth and development as a songwriter. By isolating ourselves we often miss out on the opportunity to work with other writers and to learn from their skills, expertise and experience.
It doesn’t matter if you write music, write lyrics, or you write both. Writing music and lyrics takes time to learn to do effectively, building knowledge and experience. Keeping a healthy perspective on the works that we create is not always easy. Modern-day songwriting is often done by committee, with a collection of writers contributing ideas towards the finished work. Working in this way, writers gain better insight into their writing. Those in charge of writer development with Music Publishers sometimes arrange songwriting retreats/play dates for the writers on their roster. Their songwriters are then exposed to new techniques and they develop as writers at a faster rate.