#1
Hey guys,
Been playing guitar for about 6 years now and as i get more into music i want to make more so I'm gonna give songwriting a go. Ive never wrote lyrics/poetry before so how should I approach it? Should I just try to write songs about anything and everything or when I'm 'inspired' to.
Cheers.
#2
Write a story that says what you wanna say in plain speech, then use that to figure out how to say things with a little more mystery or drama or with a harder punch. Play around with "slant" rhyming (its okay to fudge it a little so things still flow... everyone does this).
#3
just for the record, lyrics writing is very different from poetry.

and the best ways, in my opinion, to write something is to get a chord progression.

or "hear" something in my mind and then play and write it.
#4
and yet another opinion: sometimes I have a chord progression, sometimes I don't. Being more lyric directed, I usually get a phrase or 'verbal riff' that starts me out and take it from there.

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#5
Pretty much what lmcd and fifopher said. I like to write stories and then write lyrics sometimes, rather than just writing lyrics straight and trying to tell a complete story like that(it ends up being clunky). Sometimes I start lifting chunks from poems and other things I've written and build a song around that. Sometimes I write out a bunch of stuff and slice the page into pieces, then re-arrange it.
#6
i suggest you go read the stickies in the S&L Techniques section. there's some good advice there. also read the rules of the forum while you're at it: this is the wrong place for this type of thing. if you still have more questions make a thread in the techniques subforum.