The inspiration to write can be sparked by so many influences. Other songs, experiences, memories, or the therapeutic value of getting something off your chest will all influence what you write and how. And of course, there are so many ways to express your thoughts through writing: by different perspective, use of figurative language, the mood you’re in when writing and many more. Although there is no right or wrong when it comes to writing, down below you’ll find some techniques and tips to sharpen your skills and become a better writer.
1. Getting in the mood
Although we love the moments where words just leak from our pens during a creative rush, those moments won’t always be there during the times we write. The first thing you should do when writing a song is have a very clear focus on what you’d like to convey. Ask yourself: What am I trying to write? How will it develop through the verses? Will there be some sort of conclusion at the end of the song or will the song be more of an unsolved thought/simply just a past experience you want to capture with words? Knowing the general layout and blue print of the song will certainly help you focus on what you need to write.
2. Finding a melody
If you’re able to play an instrument, or even have access to a keyboard to play around with, you can start finding a melody by playing around with notes and finding your chords. You can even find chords to some of your favorite songs floating around on the internet. Play those chords and listen to how the artist’s melody flowed with them and it can give you a general idea of what to look for.
3. Write, rewrite, rewrite some more
The first time you write. Write from pure thought and don’t try to perfect everything the first time around. Once you’ve written a solid rough draft to go back to, look at what you have and ask yourself these questions: How well am I conveying the message/topic? How clear is it written? How does it progress and what am I ending with? After you rewrite what may not work go back again and look at it from a more creative perspective. What figurative language can I use to improve it? What imagery does the song give me? Do I want the song’s topic to be very direct or do I want to allude to certain things that I may not want to be so explicitly addressed? Take a look at not one artist, but a few different artists and analyze their writing styles. Do they use metaphors? Similes? Double entendre’s? What components of the song makes it memorable and good? The key is to be able to know effective components that make a good song and to practice incorporating that into your writing. And when you think you’re finished, take a few days break from it, and then go back to it again. Then show it to a friend and see how they interpret it and ask them for their feedback.