There’s creativity seeping its way out of all of us. But the point is to channelize it in a manner that serves the purpose, and is also pleasing to others. From intense sculpurists carving pieces of perfection out of their imagination, to writers penning down their insights into a coherent form – there’s no denying that we’re all creative beings. And now added to the list are song writers since a catchy track is as much based on its music composition as the lyrics. The act of song writing isn’t difficult, per se, but it does require absolute attention and dedication to be an undeniable force called a ‘lyricist.’
The first and probably most important step to writing song lyrics is to let your creative juices flowing – in a flood! Yes. Unless you break free from your inhibitions and broaden your creative horizons, there’s not much you can do in life. Including writing song lyrics.
Time for the second most important step to be laid bare in front of all you potential lyricists out there, and it is; let your pen flow with the speed of your thoughts. Elaboration required? Gladly. Once you start writing, don’t stop until the flow of your thoughts ceases. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t coherent, and it doesn’t matter if you’re making spelling mistakes. What matters is that you’re jotting down your thoughts and opening a door for the creative you to step out. As they say, “Don’t write music. Let music write through you.”
Always keep a note pad with you. Inspiration may strike anywhere and you should be prepared to embrace it with open arms. At work and you have suddenly come up with a beautiful stanza? Write it down so you can work on it later.
After a rough draft has been made, keep the lyrics short, concise and coherent. They should be in a proper chronological order and not just random thoughts that you’ve jotted down. The lyrics can reflect an individual’s state of happiness, feelings of hope or emotions of conspicuous hopelessness as is exemplified by the stanza below:
In this abyss of nothingness,
In this womb of darkness,
He stands ensconced between hopelessness and despondency,
Between melancholy and distress,
He stands as a mourning prodigy.
Once you are done writing the lyrics, take a minute to reflect on them. Would you, as a listener, like them? If the answer is yes, there’s a high chance so will your listeners!
When in doubt, show them around. Although you are your best critic; but if you find yourself in doubt about the song lyrics, then show them around to your friends and ask for their honest opinion.
Good luck and happy writing!