Writing Lyrics: Songwriter Submitted Tips


Tips on writing lyrics from our visitors. Use your discretion. Feel free to accept what works for you and discard what doesn’t. You too can submit your own tips. Be sure to check out this section on how to write lyrics.

Natalie from USA writes: I’m anexperienced lyric writer, (not professional)but I’ve written songs my whole life, and my advice is: All it takes to write lyrics, is putting down the 1st words that come in yourhead, like..

Example : Dance, Rhythm, Jump,

So I would combine those words into a song,like.. another Example : “Dance all night, jump, jump, to the rhythm baby”

So it’s pretty simple, but if you still arent getting it right, then, justsimply make a poem, and turn it into a soft song.

I am into hip-hop so I make hip-hop songs, like dance, club, love, and more

I hope this has helped many of you people.Thanx for reading! byee x0x

Gemmer from Hereford, UK writes: Write like you would talk. People will relate to it more easily.

Ntando from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa writes: Go with the flow. Don’t drill your brain to the core. Rather just take a walk when you are fustrated and come back fresh and with new ideas!

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Katherine from North Olmsted, USA writes: Hey, ok so I have been writing songs for about a year. None are up to standards though. this website really helped. I do have a few tips that have helped me.

1.Write the chorus before you worry about the bridge or the verse.

2. Worry about the words before the music.

3. Be in the scenery that your music is about, ifit is calm maybe be out by the beach, etc. and

4. I try to think of a title while writing the chorus.

I hope these things have helped. If you have any suggestions for me; hit me up at Kayy10294ATaim.com or Sweetsamoa65ATaim.com.Thank you! Especially about the music to a song. I am not instrument-skilled. I am great on guitar [electric] and drums, but I am more of a writer of calmer songs. If anyone can record a calm “beachy” sound and send the track to my email that would be GREAT. Well, thanks to anyone with tips about ANYTHING!

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Evan from Toowoomba, Australia writes: When you are emotional, that’s the time to have a pen and paper at hand. Write constantly, keep everything you write. Make every sound of the words count, to marry whatever rhythm you have. Just because phrases and terms are in fashion does not mean you must use them. Be you and use your own words. Write so you are telling a loved one a secret. Be open about your views. Listeners want to be charmed, to connect through your words. Polish your lyric over and over so it has no “fat” on it. Test your words on a friend, see if they can get the moodyou hoped to describe.

Ilse from Las cruces, USA writes: Hello. I, sometimes listen to a song and write lyrics to the melody of that song. I then change the melody to the lyrics I just wrote. This helps me write more emotionally.

Lucinda from Olympia, USA writes: Write about something that has happened to you. If it isn’t about you or something that happened to you, you might not understand it well enough to have it in a song.

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Kellan from Litchfield Park, USA writes: Put your dreams to music. Take the dream you had last night, or as much as you can remember, and write lyrics out of it. Taking dreams and putting them to words helps you to open your mind to more surreal ideas, which, depending how they are used, can expand your lyrical vocabulary.

Jack price from London, UK writes: Think of metaphors. Metaphors can often have more meaning (and sound a lot better” than the meaning itself.

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Nikki from Valdosta, GA, United States writes: (TIP FOR WRITING SLOW/LOVE SONGS) When I’m really out of things to write about, I listen to a lot of love songs. I pick out all the songs that I can relate to (past relationships, what I’m feeling at that moment, etc..) I listen to those songs again and I can pick out a couple of lines that just pin-point how I’m feeling. I take those lines and make a similar line with different words. When you have enough lines, you can start rhyming more lines with those to make a song.

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Judy from Auburn, United States writes: My greatest inspiration is my relationship with Jesus Christ. I am a Christian writer, so I find the more time I spend with Him the more he speaks to me. I write from God’s inspiration in my life, encouraging others along the path I have been. Writing about your life experiences is the first place to start, then write a catchy hook with a simple message.

Ashley from Killen, United States writes: Try writing about something that you have had to experience. Something that has made you upset or really happy. Use that to start the song, but you don’t have to complete the song the way it really turned out in your instance.

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Lennox from the United Kingdom writes: I just thought I’d let you know that lyrics come to you in the most strangest ways. Take Eurythmics for example. Annie & Dave were fighting over the keyboard & Dave managed to get it so Annie went over to the window & continued to sulk. Then she just starting singing the line, “Here comes the rain again.” It’s fascinating how ideas come to you. Most of their song lyrics came out of arguments!

Darragh from Limerick, Ireland writes: Just be yourself, do what you feel is right and let the ideas and the words and suggestions flow naturally. If nothing is coming to you then don’t force it or nothing good will happen. If you are sitting in a room getting red-faced because for the past three hours you been scribbling on pages, and then crumpling them up in frustration, then don’t just go out for a walk. Go out and live and come back enriched. If that doesn’t work, watch TV, take some of the more obvious things being thrown at you and work with them.

Megan from Louisville, United States writes: You could write about a dream you or someone you know had. You could also write about a goal you or someone you know had. In my opinion, it’s more interesting to write about fantasy, non-fiction and magical stuff than it is too write about stuff you’ve already experienced. It does sound like a good idea to write about things you’ve experienced and things other people might have experienced though.

Travis from Stockbridge, United States writes: Short in contrast to other tips you may receive on the page, but if at all possible collaborate with fellow songwriters. Sometimes the best inspirations come from outside sources.

Lexi from Detroit, United States writes: When brainstorming for an idea of a song, sometimes its best to think of situations from the most ignored point of view. For example, a common song topic is about a cheating boyfriend or girlfriend, but rarely do we hear a song about the other man or woman’s feelings. Explore everybody’s territory in the situation!

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Whitney from Bridgeport United States writes: Just write down what you’re feeling at that exact moment and then revolve those feelings around something that happened whether it was good or bad.

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Kayla from Boise, United States writes: I find that my best lyrics are the ones that come from my heart and soul. When I am hurt from a breakup, or when I am deep in a relationship, I end up with the best lyrics. I feel that trying to come up with some rhyming words about random things just isn’t the way to get up with good lyrics!

Khalilah from Miami, United States writes: Pay closer attention to your everyday conversations. The more you pay attention, the more ideas you develop, the more creative you can become. Why not? It helped me……..

Jasmin from Melbourne, Australia writes: I tend to think about what is happening in my life, troubles I may have or something really good that has happened. On the sad side of the idea you could make up something that could have happened such as your boyfriend/girlfriend dying or losing what you thought you loved!

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