I write a lot. I strongly believe that’s the best way to learn songwriting. In fact I try to write new music and songs everyday. I don’t have any specific goal for each day expect making an effort of trying to write new songs.
Sometimes this method of writing no matter of what works and sometimes it doesn’t. I don’t really stress about that since that’s a part of the learning process as well. You should learn to write songs despite of how bad or uninspiring your day is.
You shouldn’t rely too much on things like inspiration, current mood or weather. Those things only slow you down.
Lyric ideas are those tricky ones that need a bit extra focus sometimes. Artistic decadence that boosts lyric inspirations can be an option sometimes but it’s not for everyone, at least not for me. Most people and songwriters are living by routines.
It’s not that easy to find new lyric ideas from your daily life since everything starts repeating at some point. But so gets boozing as well by the way.
I’ve thought this a lot during the years. From where and how to find topics for my songs. After lots of trying and mistakes I’ve figured out how to come up with lyric ideas from my own life easily with just few simple steps.
This works for me pretty much every time so maybe it could help you as well!
Notice when you feel something strong and write it down asap
It depends on what kind of stuff you’re into writing but personally I aim to base my lyrics on real feelings. I rarely write songs about myself but I find it easier to write when there are real feelings involved.
There is pretty much every possible feeling present in your daily life in a form of another. Think about your last seven days for example. There are good and bad days. Sometimes you’re feeling relaxed, inspired, loved, angry or a bit depressed.
You don’t need to be a really angry or depressed to feel a little bit of those feelings. Try to notice when you’re feeling something and write it down. Try to describe your current mood with few lines.
I like to write down how I feel so it’s easier for me to memorize those moments when I’m starting to write lyrics later. You’re probably not feeling inspired every time you have time to write songs but now your notebook helps you to get started.
Go back to to those moments and see if you can feel it again. What happened when you felt something worth writing down?
Use your daily activities as a baseline for your lyrics
Your life is most likely a pretty good source for lyric inspirations since there are everything that songs need. Emotions, interaction with people and different surroundings. Lyrics are not usually about what is actually happening but how those things make you feel and why they matter.
If you had a good chat with your friend during the day you could start thinking why it mattered or how much that friendship means to you. Pretty universal and timeless topics for song lyrics.
There’s no need to write any stuff based on real events. Think a bit of what could have happened during the day when you were walking on a street. Describe how it felt and start building it from there.
Start playing with words
I find topics for lyrics easily with the help of previous techniques. I’m just trying to memorize how I felt or trying the describe things with feelings without actually trying to open what has really happened.
But sometimes it’s hard to get started anyways. Then there’s only one option left and that is writing without any plan. Write down first word you can image and start playing with thoughts around the topic.
Soon you’ll find something that you can relate to and you have a new lyric draft sooner than you think. Happy writing!
Btw, here’s one cool small song snippet. It took years to understand to record every musical idea also asap. Now I need to learn how to get back working these ideas faster than years later.
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Percussive sounds and some groovy riffs for today. This is a repost from earlier this year and I had completely forgotten this one. It’s a pretty cool tune. I should try to finish these songs way more faster 🙂 #ghostswelcome * * * * #fingerstyle #fingerstyleguitar #acoustic #acousticmusic #acousticguitar #guitar #guitars #guitarist #guitarists #songwriting #songwriter #songwriters