#1
I've always been interested in knowng how a song goes from being a vague idea to a completed song you hear on the radio. If any musician here has done this before, could you list specifically step-by-step what you did to do this? I would just like a template to follow so I have some idea on how to do this. Thank you!

For example:

1.) Song Idea
2.) Song Form
3.) Lyrics
....
....
....

Etc....
#2
generally it comes together as a encounter between a song idea (for lyrics and subject matter) and a set of riffs... its then just a question of writing out the lyrics and vocal melodies to fit the music
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#3
This belongs in music talk or songwriting & lyrics techniques sorry, so *reported*

but to actually help you could build up from anything. It could be a lyric, a riff, a drum beat...
also make sure you know some music theory so you know atleast how to write in key...
#4
well for me it's either i'm just messin around on my guitar and come up with a sweet riff, then write the rest of the song for it, or something really motivates me to write lyrics, then once i'm done with those i write the music.
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#5
For me, since I was a writer long before I was a musician, I almost unfailingly get a couple catchy lines in my head first. So I suppose it goes like this:

1) Random inspiration
2) A group of words or a line stuck in my head
3) Play around with random poetry in my mind and see if anything sticks
4) Write down whatever sticks
5) See if I can make up the rest of the song as quickly as I can before any interesting thoughts disappear

The rhymes tend to work themselves out; the formula (Verse, Chorus, Bridge, woteva) does the same. I never restrict my lyrics so a specific pattern before I get them out of my head.

But yeah, this is in the wrong forum. Good luck, though.