Building Your Lyrics

A good way to get over writers block, start writing a song, organize your song, and have your song make sense.

Building Your Lyrics
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Step 1 - Main Idea

The title could be the first thing you do, or the last thing you do. But make sure that you think of your main idea. The main idea is usually something you feel strong about, something you want to persuade others, a story, an experience, etc. Just write down something that you want your song to be mostly about. You could now base the title off of your main idea or just wait and see if you want to use something else, but you are now ready for step 2.

Step 2 - Chorus

Your Chorus should be about your main idea, it shouldn't be very detailed tho. You should write about how you feel about your main topic; even though the chorus doesn't have to say your main idea, just write about how the main idea makes you feel or thoughts that you have. You don't even have to rhyme yet, just jot down your feelings, rhyming could come last if you wanted it to. Now onto step 3.

Step 3 - Verses

Your verses should support your main idea and/or your chorus. Now, the verses should be detailed. Still not having to rhyme, jot down reasons for the main idea, thoughts about the main idea, emotions that you feel while experiencing the main idea(you may have used these in the chorus, but you shouldn't have been detailing them, now is the time to go more in depth with your feelings about the main idea, etc. It's always best to use the five sense six if you see dead people) during the writing process, the audience will be more into the song this way. Do not make your versus too long or the song will most likely become boring. There is usually two to three verses in a song, but it is up to you.

Step 4 - Bridge

You don't need a bridge, a lot of music these days don't have bridges. Bridges are usually used when your main topic is something you feel. The bridge could be like what you do when the feeling comes over you. Usually a more aggressive part of the song.

Step 5 - Rhyming

Now that you have your chorus, your verses, and maybe your bridge, its time to make it rhyme. Go back to your brainstorming and start piecing it together, rearanging it, and tweeking it. If you can't make some of the words rhyme, find a thesaurus to find synonyms of the word you want to rhyme with, and start to piece that together (I suggest www.rhymezone.com for synonyms and rhymes, and many other ways to build your wording). You will also need a rhyme scheme, meaning how often the rhymes occur and in what order they occur. Having a good rhyme sheme is also very helpful when making the melody of the lyrics.

Step 6 - Melody

Melody always depends on what kind of song it is and what rhyme scheme you have. Sometimes it's easier to have a riff on a guitar or piano or something similar. I can't go in too deep on melodies because I have my own style and everyone has a different style (except pop music).

Step 7 - Structure

Time to put the pieces in place. The verse usually comes before the chorus and then theres another verse, and maybe a bridge, sometimes there's also a prechorus which is basically tying the verse and the chorus together, like a transition. but you can put your song together any which way you like.

Step 8 - Instruments

After putting the lyrics together, it's time to add instruments and tone to your song. You don't always have to do this if you just want to be a songwriter or if you're in a band, hand out the lyrics to your members and they can individuallypiece the instrumentals together. Or sing the song to yourself and think of what a good sound would be, if you cant do it in your head, record yoursefl singing it and then maybe hum to it and it could come out naturally.

Conclusion

Ok, well that's all I have for you now, with any questions or examples, instant message me or email me.

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    Alien_from_a_cd
    It's agood article, but the fifth step isn't always nessesary. Not all songs rhyme, you know. But apart from that, great point!
    guitarcrazy900
    It's a good article, there are times where, for me at least, it's a very spontaneous thing and the words just fly onto the page and the melody comes together right away while i'm writing. But for just sitting down and writing its a good structure to follow.
    MetalGuitarist0
    yeah... it has some helpful points, but i dont think anyone can ever make a formula for songwriting
    Edlebrock350
    Thanks...this lesson was really good. I can see how it can be helpful too.But for some reason, i cant seem to either think of a main idea, or dont know how to put it into words...i mean, i am in a choir so finding melody isn't hard for me...thats usually what i do first. I just cant seem to go any farther than that
    robsterrocks_11
    hey great article, I've written a few songs and with your help, I'm starting to get one of them together! The website - rhymezone.com was very handy for rhymes and some of your points got me thinking on how to get the best out of the song thanks!
    robsterrocks_11
    Artunas wrote: Nice lesson and they're very useful tipps. Alvi wrote: nice lesson there, and i think it would definatly help people strugglin to write lyrics of their own. But here is another tip: if u r in a middle of writin/composing a song, try your best not to listen to a certain track or artist alot since it will start effectin ur own composition, specially if u have just stepped into song makin stuff. Another thing, as Rock N Roll indicated, lyrics do usually come out naturally...they just come to your head. For me they are mostly accompanied with entire melody and they start rollin over like a complete song in ur head. that time comes soon too so no worries, just take as much as u can from this lesson and soon u will be havin no problem in sittin and writing ur own song ps: one MAJOR thing: dont FORCE urself to write lyrics...if u aint in the mood, forget it. To write lyrics u shld be convinced and really wanting to write something, so just wait for that feeling to sink in... Yeah, I think too, that you can't force yourself to write your lyrics, but may be you may have an idea how to start writing. You cant just wirte anything thay comes into your mind, that won't really touch anyone. But this lesson is very nice.
    yeah, I agree, I write songs mostly when I'm upset or angry. I was riding my bicycle last summer round my road and some words just came to me! I rushed right back home to write the lines down before I forgot them
    joahnes
    its cool... what i going to do.../?just smile...hehehe.... thanks for your lessos...
    -Rock-N'-Roll-
    aSobrDesign wrote: Hopefully people who aren't naturally talented at poetry/lyric writing read this before they write lyrics for a band. Some of the local bands around here really need this article to teach them the basics. Didn't help me personally, but it's great for someone who hasn't written much but wants to.
    I know
    Alvi
    nice lesson there, and i think it would definatly help people strugglin to write lyrics of their own. But here is another tip: if u r in a middle of writin/composing a song, try your best not to listen to a certain track or artist alot since it will start effectin ur own composition, specially if u have just stepped into song makin stuff. Another thing, as Rock N Roll indicated, lyrics do usually come out naturally...they just come to your head. For me they are mostly accompanied with entire melody and they start rollin over like a complete song in ur head. that time comes soon too so no worries, just take as much as u can from this lesson and soon u will be havin no problem in sittin and writing ur own song ps: one MAJOR thing: dont FORCE urself to write lyrics...if u aint in the mood, forget it. To write lyrics u shld be convinced and really wanting to write something, so just wait for that feeling to sink in...
    Artunas
    Nice lesson and they're very useful tipps.
    Alvi wrote: nice lesson there, and i think it would definatly help people strugglin to write lyrics of their own. But here is another tip: if u r in a middle of writin/composing a song, try your best not to listen to a certain track or artist alot since it will start effectin ur own composition, specially if u have just stepped into song makin stuff. Another thing, as Rock N Roll indicated, lyrics do usually come out naturally...they just come to your head. For me they are mostly accompanied with entire melody and they start rollin over like a complete song in ur head. that time comes soon too so no worries, just take as much as u can from this lesson and soon u will be havin no problem in sittin and writing ur own song ps: one MAJOR thing: dont FORCE urself to write lyrics...if u aint in the mood, forget it. To write lyrics u shld be convinced and really wanting to write something, so just wait for that feeling to sink in...
    Yeah, I think too, that you can't force yourself to write your lyrics, but may be you may have an idea how to start writing. You cant just wirte anything thay comes into your mind, that won't really touch anyone. But this lesson is very nice.
    trucky5
    Dude, this helped a lot!!! My friends and I have been tryin to start a band, and I had writers block. Thnx!!!
    insight1234
    Great! I like the whole thing about first finding out what your song should be about! I have made too many meaningless and half songs! ' 10/10, because you simply got almost everything you need to write a good or at least decent song! Rhymzone will probably help me too!
    guitarfreakreeg
    Wow, you don't know how much this helps. The main reason me and my band never get any songs is because we never get around to making some good lyrics. This should help alot, however my main problem with lyric writing is just getting up and doing it
    ishimarumatihir
    that sounds really good and since i'm the rythem guitarist and singer for our band thats some really good advice
    aSobærDesign
    Hopefully people who aren't naturally talented at poetry/lyric writing read this before they write lyrics for a band. Some of the local bands around here really need this article to teach them the basics. Didn't help me personally, but it's great for someone who hasn't written much but wants to.
    sitek
    personally, i think that writing music is easier than writing lyrics. maybe thats because ive been writing music longer than i have lyrics but who knows. this is a good article because its all broken down into steps. it really helped me. but my advice to anyone interested in writing songs...always have a notepad or memo pad on you. ive been hit with lyric ideas everywhere...in the car, in the john, in church, you name it. just always be ready to jot somethin down
    grayelbows
    well im mostly a guitarist not a song writer so i usually think of the music first which makes it hard to write the words so this helped me alot ty!
    Switchfoot555
    This is really helpful to me because I couldn't write anything before this.To bad lots of popular bands lik Led Zeplin and AC/DC wrote with demon posesion.
    P-Laverty
    respect, for a great lessons, seriously, u helped me write my first song, it was sooooo helpful, thnx. P.S. i put in the music as i go along, but u no watever floats ya boat. Peace out.
    Skathe_665
    Man, you stole this idea straight off an english teacher didn't you? LOL, but nah seriously. I never would have thought about writing lyrics down like that, good job.
    stampy_69
    hey, this was a great help! i've tried to write songs before but then they just sounded like shit but this really helped me..... *10 gazillion*
    Jaemia
    this helped me, because normally I can't write shit, so thank you.
    Slappywag
    It's pritty good, but comeing up with ideas to write about is hard. I can Write decent riffs on guitar but I can't do word, if I do think of some thing it pop's into my head and I can't really think of how to finish it. But this might help THANKS!!!
    tendershredr418
    this is such a stupid lesson, its all common sense and made up from one mans opinion. conformists will follow it tho. way to sound like other people!!
    Dunjma
    its mostly all common sense really. i didnt get much out of this is and the way you say some things is that you have to have everything in your lesson but a lot of the songs i write dont ryme or have a bridge. also things like saying that the song must be structured and make sense and all that doesnt really work eaither. if your writing a good song then it comes from the heart and the heart very rarly makes any sense at all. also i agree with some of the other people, which is that you cant make a formula for songwriting. And the title should be the FIRST thing you do as it tells you what it is that your writing about and what for.
    punkrawkdude
    I sometimes tend to write the instrument stuff before the lyrics, you could do it either way really
    fretmaster01
    I'm actually doing a project required for highschool graduation and this article helps me a lot. Go0d one adhdmonjon!! hehe...
    Nataku
    eh. This is alright. You dont necessarily have to rhyme your songs though. Telling people to whip out a thesaurus if they cant figure out a rhyme is a little too dictating.
    fretmaster01
    anyblaR.. hehe.. my project is about song composition... that's why this helps.. hehe..