If anyone asks me whether lyrics or music comes first when writing a song, I would generally say that it would be music first because I don’t consider myself a proficient lyricist.
Musical ideas come much easier than lyrical ideas and even though, over time, it has become easier to come up with lyrics to my songs, I still struggle with coming up with the right words to say.
A lot of the problem has something to do with confidence however, even though I studied music theory in high school, I wasn’t taught lyric writing (and NO, studying poetry in English class doesn’t count).
Like any other creative process such as playing guitar or programming synth sounds, lyric-writing is a skill that can be learnt and improved upon
From reading this article I wished there was an element of study in song lyrics when I was in school.
The article outlines twenty four lyric writing tips that are not necessarily hard and fast rules per se, but are guidelines to be experimented on.
You’ll need to read the whole article to get the full list of lyric writing tips however I wanted to highlight some tips that really resonated with me.
#04: Move On – If you can’t quite figure out how to say what you want within a particular line, jot down the gist of it and move on to another part of the song
#05: Elevator Pitch – Try to have a clear idea of what the song is about.
#14: Don’t Be Scared Of Imagery – Don’t feel that using imagery will make your lyrics too arty or flowery.
#20: – Don’t Use Too Many Words – Cramming a line full of words where they clearly won’t fit is not a good idea
#24: – Avoid Filler – Avoid writing filler lines in order to make rhymes work.
For me, there were certainly some “ahaa” moments when I was reading through the tips that will definitely help my lyric writing in the future.
Until next time, just keep on writing,
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Original Source: 24 Tips For Writing Lyrics | MusicRadar