The world is full of words and for me, writing lyrics can be a challenge in itself and I reckon that any tools that make it easier for me to put down my songwriting ideas from head to paper need to be adapted into my songwriting process.
These tools enable me to expand my vocabulary and put down my ideas in a much more original and descriptive fashion.
Writing lyrics is all about making sure that the story I’m trying to tell or the concept that I’m trying to describe is told in a way that is totally, 100% me.
To do this requires a broad understanding of the language at my disposal, hence the importance of the rhyming dictionary and thesaurus
If you go into a good bookshop you’ll be able to purchase these important songwriting tools but there are also some really good online versions available for you to use for free.
I have chosen the most popular of each version for a brief discussion.
Of course when you spot a tool like this for free, it normally means that it’s a demo or sample of the commercial version. This is not like that.
This tool is an amazing database of…
- End rhymes
- Last syllable rhymes
- Double rhymes
- Triple rhymes
- Beginning rhymes
- First syllable rhymes
All you need to do is type in the word you want to find rhymes for and off you go. It gives you a fantastic list of results.
The way I find a rhyming dictionary useful is that I see words that I probably would not have thought of as words to end a line with.
When I spot one of these words I immediately see a whole new line flash before me and that is all I need to start writing again. I am always amazed how just one new word can launch a whole new tangent.
Of course you need to be open to the possibilities in the first place.
This tool is so valuable to a songwriter no matter how experienced they are. This site is both a thesaurus and a dictionary in one so you are getting double the value from the site.
Quite simply a thesaurus is a book of synonyms. These are words that have the same or nearly the same meaning as another word.
For example, if I type the word SONG into the thesaurus I would get these results:
The thesaurus enables me to describe stories, concepts and situations much better. It allows me to put a new twist onto the same old phrases and cliches that I tend to fall back on when I get a stuck on something.
My challenge to you is this. Adopt both of these tools into your songwriting process and see what happens.
If you are stuck, use the tools to brainstorm ideas and let your mind become open to whatever possibility appears before you. Once the possibility is realised then run with it.
Sometimes not knowing where you are going can be a really fun thing to do.
What has your experience using a rhyming dictionary and/or a thesaurus? Has it helped you out of a sticky songwriting situation? Let me know.
Until next time, keep on writing,
All About Songwriting