There are many different techniques that can be used in order to get through writer's block or just write a very good song! The first thing you need to remember is that every single artist got inspiration from someone. Some expanded lyrcis, riffs and chord sequences from other artists and came up with great songs so do not feel in any way that you are stealing material. Here are some great places to get inspiration for your lyrics:
01. Listen To Songs.
One of the easiest ways to get inspiration is by listening to songs. A good idea would be to look for the lyrics to a song you like on the internet and read through them again and again. Different music puts you in different moods, so if you are writing a sad song listen to a sad song.
02. Look In A Quote Book!
I got some great lyrical ideas from quote books, one of my favourite quotes that I have used in my songs is "To the world you are one person, but to one person you are the world." This may seem a strange idea to some but trust me it works! Many songs have thought-provoking quotes in them.
03. Get A Topic.
Choose a topic for your song. This could be anything from past experiences, a woman or recent events. I like to write sad songs because they have an emotional effect on people so I concentrate on what has been going on on the news. If you can't think of a sad topic turn on the TV, turn to the news channel and let your emotions run riot. If you want a happy topic go out with your mates and have a laugh!
04. Build The Foundation Of Your Song.
Start making notes about what you are going to sing about, the order of the song and where the rythm will change.
05. Start Writing Lyrics.
The way I normally write lyrics: I sit down grab a pen and paper and write a sentence down about the topic. If you can't think of anything that rhymes, use a dictionary or a thesaurus. Lets take an example from one of my songs:
Every morning I turn on the TV,
I needed a word to rhyme with TV, I knew my topic well and so I came up with:
I'm needing someone above to guide me,
You can probably see where this song is going. Its the question to if there is a God, why doesn't it stop bad things from happening. One of those unanswered questions that I long to find the answer to. I kept writing and soon I came up with:
Every morning I turn on the TV, I'm needing someone above to guide me, I'm searching for the answers that aren't there, Don't you care? What will it take to stop the pain? This is no way to find fame, Someones getting mugged down a back lane, Just a normal day.
At the end of each verse I wrote "Just a normal day" and this was very effective for my song. Many artists, particularly rappers use this kind of technique.
06. Be Original!
The lyrics don't even have to make sense! For instance look at the Red Hot Chili Peppers hardly any of there lyrics make sense, but they are a great band! It doesn't matter if the lyrics half rhyme or if they don't rhyme at all.
07. Go Back To Your English Lessons!
If you are writing a fast song it is effective to use repitition and alliteration. Similies are also very good when you are describing something in songs. Use as many techniques as you can for a great effect.
I have tried to help you with your songwriting. These are some basic ways to improve your songwriting or give you ideas for lyrics. I hope I have helped you and apoligise for any errors as this is my first article.
Good Luck With Songwriting!!!