The 1st article in this series of a, Songwriter’s Toolbox for the Lyricist, dealt with some must have tools to have on your person at all times. We discussed having a thesaurus, keeping a journal or notepad handy, a voice recorder, and apps for your smartphone.

Today’s song writer article is going to focus on a step by step process to get you on the road to a song, that you didn’t know you had in you. This is going to take you on a journey like you probably haven’t experienced before. It will, however, give you the foundation for a killer lyric. This is certainly a valuable songwriter’s resource that is not a read once and discard.

Enough of the set up, get ready, spend some time with yourself, and follow the steps to open up your creativity:

Determine what the song is about. Write down the main concept at the top of the paper. Don’t worry about rhyming, titles, or structure. Just write down the concept.

Now start writing, as if you were telling a story. Once again, don’t worry about rhymes. Just simply tell the story in paragraph form. Be as descriptive as you can. Imagine the person you are telling the story is a friend and they need to know every detail. Leave nothing out, make the story pop with vivid descriptions. Touch as many senses as you can!

Once your finished with your couple paragraphs and cool new story. Read it out loud. Did you leave anything out? Would your reader have any unanswered questions?

Now the fun part. Start organizing. I bet as you read the story, you were amazed at how many little cool lines are in there, and heck many of them could be rearranged to get some rhymes.

Now that you have the story, what is the main central idea? Do any facts or ideas pop up more than once? This is a good starting point for your chorus. On a separate sheet of paper, collect those ideas into one spot. It’s okay if it has evolved from what you started out wanting the story to be.

The next step is pulling out some specific story points for your verses. Remember a song is a story, so start at the beginning and start extracting lines that help move the story towards the chorus. Look for lines that rhyme, are close rhymes, or could be changed to a different word (remember the thesaurus and brhymes app). Start positioning those above and below the chorus theme appropriately.

By yanam49

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