Writing Tips

A couple of suggestions that should hopefully help any songwriters out there unleash their potential.

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Writing songs isn't for everyone. While some people find it incredibly difficult others find it easier than anything else. With this is mind I have compiled a list of tips to try and help. Whether you've never written a song before or you have written a platinum selling album, I hope this helps.

Carry A Notepad

Whether poet, author or songwriter the golden rule of writing is to carry a notepad with you wherever you go. This works best when accompanied by some sort of writing implement. Random lyrics and riffs will pop into your head at random times and by the time you get home to write them out they'll be gone. A notepad means you can note your idea down straight away and look back at it whenever you wish. This means you can also continue it whenever you wish.

Draw From Real Life

No song holds more emotion or meaning than one written about something that really happened. Apart from the killer riff Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water' was so popular because it told the stort of an actual event. There are a million songs about break ups. Hell Eminem continually sells albums by bragging about how stupid his fans are. Why not you?

Read

As a writer, any sort of reading is research. Your vocabulary is your greatest weapon. There are literally millions of words in the english language, all of which express a different meaning. The bigger the word the more it means and the more it alludes to. Reading a book or newspaper and considering the content can also be a great way to pick up ideas.

Repetition

Repetition is always a difficult one. Choral repetition is generally considered the best way to go, however a catchy line or verse can become much more powerful when repeated. However, if the lyrics don't have the power in them anyway or don't really say anything that is of particular importance to the song then it comes out weak and pointless.

Keep A Thesaurus And A Rhyming Dictionary Handy

Often when writing a song you'll come across a few problem lines. How you handle this will decide if the song survives or not. If you like to make songs which rhyme but can't think of an appropriate rhyming word there are three steps to follow which should help you find one:
  • Confirm what you're trying to say.
  • Use a Thesaurus on the word you're trying to rhyme with and consider changing it.
  • Use a rhyming dictinoary to find a rhyming word that fits the song.

    Inspire Yourself

    Inspiration can be hard to find, but it's not as elusive as people think. Inspiration is simple something that makes you think. Obviously inspiration is unique to different people as people are unique themselves, but here follows a list of ways I try to think when I'm writing a song:
  • Think of a choice you made in life, what would happen if you chose the other one.
  • Make a random thought rhyme.
  • What were your feelings when you first discovered... (e.g. sex, drugs, rock n' roll)
  • Read a book. Imagine you are your favourite character.
  • What would an ex have to say for you to let them come back. So there you have it. Just a couple of suggestions which will hopefully help any songwriters out there. I always enjoy reading songs so the more there are the better for me. Thanks for your time. Tom Colohue
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      dranzen
      "Hell Eminem continually sells albums by bragging about how stupid his fans are." maybe try listening to eminem or any other rap before bashing it retard overall pretty good article although songs dont have to rhyme so dont spend too much time focusing on that part
      slash.r0cks
      dranzen wrote: maybe try listening to eminem or any other rap before bashing it retard
      Nah, Eminem was always crap.
      yurd
      Nice, pretty helpful, but I don't agree with the "longer words are always better" thing. Sometimes too many big and flowery words seem really pretentious and too forced. Personally I write lyrics with the same vocabulary I use when I talk. That's just my opinion though.
      kattaway96
      dranzen wrote: "Hell Eminem continually sells albums by bragging about how stupid his fans are." maybe try listening to eminem or any other rap before bashing it retard overall pretty good article although songs dont have to rhyme so dont spend too much time focusing on that part
      but his bashing is accurate, so what is the problem.
      Colohue
      'These chicks don't even know the name of my band But they're all over me like they wanna hold hands Cause once I blow they know that I'll be the man All because I'm the lead singer of my band' Fairly obvious if you ask me.
      121lespaul
      great article refreshed thoughts that i had been tought by the person who tought me how to write. thumbs up!