How To Write Song Lyrics: Number of Lines

I got a question from one of the SongChops Members asking how to write song lyrics, and the number of lines in a verse, chorus and bridge in particular. What a great question – and one I realize I’ve never actually covered! So, how many lines should you...

Finding Inspiration Around You

Finding Inspiration is a hard thing to come by sometimes. To help inspire you, try some unconventional sources – your photos, a dictionary or some online image searches! STEP 1: Pick up a dictionary or thesaurus (or head online).  Randomly choose a word, or a...

SC Exercise: Write For An Artist

This exercise focuses on writing for another artist. You’ll work through some simple steps to (1) find an artist that works with your style of writing, and (2) write a song for that artist targeting the concept and lyrics as much as possible. There’s also...

Beginning Songwriter Books And Gear

Getting started right is important – and- when you start, genre doesn’t really matter.  The goals is to write strong songs. You can write for any genre once you’ve got the basic down.   That’s why we’ve put together a list of beginning...

SC Exercise: Turning Poems Into Songs

Turning poems into songs sounds like something that’s pretty easy to do. After all, the words are there. The rhyme is there. The meter is there. All you have to do is add the music! But the challenge is in creating something accessible to a listener that comes...

Songwriting Hobby As A Path To A Better Life

Pursuing your songwriting hobby, or passion for songwriting, doesn’t have to mean you give up your job and run off on a new life. Actually, scientific studies show that pursuing a passion or hobby can bring not only health benefits, but mental health benefits to...

Giving Song Feedback Like A Pro

If you’re part of a songwriting group, one of your activities is probably getting and giving feedback on songs. And, one of the most valuable things about being in a group is access to feedback, so being able to give it becomes part of the the group dynamic. It...

Write From Inspiration But Need Discipline?

Waiting for inspiration to hit doesn’t always lead to a high volume, or even steady flow, of songs. We recently got a question in our newsletter survey that resonates with a lot of people who want to write from inspiration. But if there’s no inspiration...

What’s Furniture In Lyrics?

You’ve probably gotten song critiques that suggest you need more furniture in lyrics to give the song a stronger sense of showing versus telling. To do that, you’ll use a combination of external detail and internal detail. But, how much is too much? And,...

When To Stop “Finishing” A Song

Finishing a song is important, don’t get me wrong. But, not every song deserves endless revisions. I believe there are some songs that come out and flow down the page simply to get you to the next one. Not every song you write is meant to be “the...

Poetry As Lyrics: Using Anaphora

We’ve all heard it: poetry as lyrics just doesn’t work.  But, as your songwriting skills grow, and you begin using figurative language like similes, metaphors, anaphora and imagery, you’ll naturally begin writing more poetically. After all, if...

Know Your Strengths To Create Goals

We’ve all heard it: “Set goals to achieve success.” But, for many of use, songwriting is one of many things in our lives, and often something that comes behind work, health and family needs. Setting goals for your songwriting can be a challenge,...

Melodies The Same? Song Maps Create Variety

Song maps are a way to find patterns and tendencies that you often repeat. Just changing a few of these items can create new songs in your catalogue. And, by understanding the rhythms, chord structure, line lengths, lyrical meter that you are most comfortable with,...