Having trouble with song-writing...?

Please, before you say "Just write your own song instead of asking people to do it for you, lazy ******.", I am not trying to take your lyrics. I just need some tips, that's all. Here's the issues:

1. Fluency

Whenever I write a song, I just can't stay on one topic. For instance, I'll first talk about how perfect someone is, and then I'll go onto how another day is a new start.. Just because it rhymes.

2. RHYMING!

I just can't rhyme things without making it sound very awkward. This makes it sound pretty forced. Like, I would probably write something such as

Feel...

Steal...

Banana peel...

I DUNNO.

See? It's kind of lame.. Are there any tricks to it? I always think how these amazing artist and songwriters even come up with such fluent, though-out ideas.

Yet again, there's Miley Cyrus.

Anyways...

3. Inspiration

I just don't have any ideas. I'm not asking for you to give me a list of things to write about, I'm simply asking what can I do to help stimulate some more creative song ideas. What gives you ideas?

If you could help me with this, I would appreciate it very much. Please don't say that I am lazy and I can't write for life, and that is why I need help from you guys. That's just offensive. This is YOUR option on whether you'd like to respond or not. Thanks!

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  • 7 years ago
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    How to Build a Song/Write a Lyrics Poem From Scratch

    1. What to write about

    Think of something or someone that inspires you

    Something or someone that bothers you

    Something or someone that changed your life

    A person you admire

    A childhood or travel memory

    A small incident in a moment that reversed itself in your life

    Any subject it seems no one talks about

    2. How to write it

    Pick a melody in your head or a catch phrase that you like and just flesh it out.

    You can change any song idea after getting stuck for some other new angle or different idea. Don't stay stuck long. Use your journal. Catch ideas that don't yet fit for later.

    Use a rhyming dictionary, thesarus (directory of concepts!) or some creativity exercise.

    Oh yeah....keep doing it. Someone once said "there's no such thing as a genius, just someone who practiced 100,000 times".

    3. Format for familiarity

    People often write lyrics as poetry, but fight the usual rhyming and formatting most

    popular songs use. It's your choice, but it also depends heavily on whether your target

    audience is going to "get" your work if you get away from a standard AABA format with

    a solid chorus and hook, or whether the object is to try new creative or innovative ideas.

    In the end, you decide how and what to tell the world. Personally, I believe in choruses,

    familiar rock/country/blues formats and whatever gets your audience to sing along.

    Usually, less is more and repeating a key line once or twice makes a point stand out.

    4. Standing on the shoulders of giants

    Someone somewhere blew you away with a song or two. What was it about

    that song that you liked? Would you like to try and make a song that

    blows people away like that too?

    Emulate your idols without copying, or be inspired by a song you just

    heard on the radio.

    Believe in what you're doing. The only thing the greats (Dylan, Lennon,

    etc.) had in common was the belief that they could change the world by

    doing what they did. They were right.

    5. Exhibit A

    Waste One Tear

    I know I jumped the gun

    I know I jumped the shark

    I know I jumped at the chance

    When the room was dark

    You showed you wanted the fire

    You said you didn't want more

    But you made love to me like a liar

    Like this could have happened before

    So no one's getting off best

    So no one's getting the blame

    So what's become of this mess?

    Lose your head, you lose the game

    Shouldn't have listened to you, dear

    Shouldn't have let you this far in

    So I'm just going to waste one tear

    And never care like this again

    I need more than an appearance

    I need more than a sudden whim

    I need more perseverance

    And I'm not a replacement for him

    So no one's getting off best

    So no one's getting the blame

    So what's become of this mess?

    Lose your head, you lose the game

    Should have listened to my fear

    Should have let you let me win

    Damn, I wasted another tear

    I’ll never care like this again

    Why does love take me hostage

    When it has no intention at all?

    It never requires postage

    To send me to hell with the fall

    Should have listened to my fear

    Should have let you let me win

    So I'm going to waste just one more tear

    And I'll never care like this again

    Shouldn't have listened to you, dear

    Shouldn't have let you this far in

    So I'm going to waste just one more tear

    And never care like this again

    Again I pretend I waste one tear

    I’ll never care like this again

    Laughing Dolphin Music

    08 February 2014

  • 7 years ago

    Rhyming is tough but in going to state that you're on the right path. A poet/musician needs somewhat of an outer source. I appreciate your post. You can't really ask how when what where. Until you understand it. That said.

    Take these words.

    "When im done im never finished I said to much and avoided the basics. I've lived to long but never finished we learn to much but I have my limit. When im scared I say this isnt

    what I've worked for

    its just a blemish.

    We have our scars

    and blame who did it

    but I am me and the one who finished"

    Source(s): Top of the head
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