As an artist you have to be really self-aware. As a songwriter, especially. You need to be aware enough to catch yourself creating similar things to what you have created before and steer away from that. You have to grow, otherwise you will lose people’s attention and you will get bored with yourself.
taylor swift’s fearless (2008): 13 songs with 6 exclusive platinum edition tracks and 5 platinum selling singles, broke the record for billboard’s longest chart topping country album with 36 weeks at number one, became the most decorated country music album in history, certified 6x platinum, 4 grammy awards won of 8 total nominations, exceeded 590,000 copies sold in it’s first week of release and was taylor’s first (sold out!) headlining tour