Thursday, December 6, 2007

How to Write My Own Lyrics

Are you a writer that also has an intense love of music? Do you dream of creating song lyrics that not only tell your story but touch the lives of others? If so, you should consider writing your own lyrics. Although it helps to have some musical talent, just about everyone has a unique song in their hearts and anyone with writing talent can take this song and bring it out on paper. In this article, we will discuss how to write your own lyrics.

  1. Get the right equipment.

    Make sure that you have a high quality voice recorder and that you know how to work it properly. There are literally hundreds of models you can choose. Just choose the best one for you.

  2. Study lyricists.

    First of all, you should study those lyricists that inspire you. Is there something about their word choice that makes you stand up and take notice? What is it about their communicative style that touches your heart? Do they use metaphors or certain themes? Are they descriptive in their phrases? On the same token, you also need to study those lyricists who you hate. You know, the ones that make you change the radio station. By doing this, you’ll know what not to do when creating your own lyrics.

  3. Brainstorm.

    Next, brainstorm and then write your thoughts. Just take out your notebook and write down any random thoughts that come to your mind. Most people find that working in a quite place really helps. However, just do what you need to do to get those thoughts flowing freely. Don’t worry about what you’re writing at this point, just write.

  4. Practice putting it together.

    Next, practice taking those thoughts and creating songs into them. Don’t worry about the melody at this point. In fact, you can even take a common song like Row, Row, Row Your Boat or some other favorite and then add your own words to it. Remember that this is just a practice session.

  5. Go for it.

    Now that you have all the preliminary steps done, it is now time to write your lyrics and record them. Don’t worry what your voice sounds like. Just have fun and remember that practice makes perfect. Your voice doesn’t have to be the best, after all you’re a lyrical writer not a singing super star.

  6. Revise as needed.

    When you’re done listen to your song with a crucial ear and then make necessary changes and when you’re done, ask a trusted friends and family members to give you some advice. For instance, do they have any suggestions on how you can improve? If so, then don’t get offended. Just take their advice and work with it.

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