Alright! Here’s my quick perspective on songwriting. There isn’t any one way or secret that one can bring about the process of penning a great song or lyric on command. If there were, it’s probably locked up somewhere in a chest at the bottom of the ocean surrounded by great white sharks and deadly algae. I wish I wrote nothing but absolute gold all the time, but this isn’t always the case (and that’s okay). I’ve compiled 3 songwriting tips for anyone struggling to find value and confidence in their work. Sometimes songwriters need that reminder!
Feel! Feel! Feel!
Your main job as a writer is to make sure your words hop off that page and physically manifest in the real world. You know what that means? There has to be some real connection from what you feel and what is placed onto the page. Whether it is joy, pain, party fever, whatever. Let it be genuine and when it reaches someone else they will find themselves in the exact moment you were when you initially penned the lyrics. If you’re devoid of feeling most likely those words will not be coming to you. Try your best to stay as active as an emotional being as you can.
Write! Write! Write!
This isn’t anything new. With whatever you take up in life the only way you can get better at it is to – say it with me – PRACTICE! Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know there are some people out there who are “naturals”, but there is nothing like refined talent. With practice also comes the exercise of studying. Studying others and their methods of writing makes it easier to identify what works for you and what doesn’t. Coming into your own and finding what makes you, YOU is what’s most important.
Regroup! Regroup! Regroup!
There will be times when the inspiration comes and goes. It’s best to write when the love is there. I’ll be completely honest. I love writing and I’ll always be in love with writing, but there are times that I am actually drained of writing and nothing good is coming. Here is where I recommend to explore other artistic parts of yourself and the world – reconnect with everything around you. Reopening your sense of feeling and allows for a cycling source inspiration to always flow through you.
I hope my 3 songwriting tips for anyone struggling have helped you in your journey as a songwriter. NOW WRITE!!! What musically tasks would you like to see me write about here? Let me know in the comments below.
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