"The true sign of intelligence
is not knowledge but imagination".
- Albert Einstein
Starting at the start or at the title of the song would seem like
the obvious choice. This may be your biggest mistake! If you are
reading this it’s probably because you have spent hours sitting
in front of the blank screen or paper, wondering how to start writing,
or what to start writing. Just coming up with a good title can prove
to be a hurdle you can’t get over on any given day. My advice
is to save the title for last; by the end of the song you will have
a few “hooky” parts to choose a title from.
What Part Should I Start With?
One of the most common questions we hear is “what part of
the song should I start with when I’m writing?” The
part that you’re feeling right now is always my first answer.
I’m a huge believer in intuitive writing and doing what you
feel like at the time. So my answer is, write what you are feeling
right now. Lyrics or music, it doesn’t matter, which do you
find slightly easier to do? Just write about what comes out from
"The only source of knowledge is experience".
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking
we used when we created them".
"There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge
but can never prove how it got there".
all the above quotes - Albert Einstein
Write What Comes First
Lyrics are always easier when you are really feeling it. I always
get great results when writing lyrics intuitively. When next you’re
inspired to write a song, try this. Write whatever comes out first
and don’t stop. Don’t worry too much if stuff doesn’t
rhyme yet, or if some phrases don’t have the right meter or
rhythm. Don’t stop to figure out chords or structure, if it
comes, write it down. If there is a melody going through your head
as the words are flowing, then use it and have fun with it, but
don’t stop to figure it out on your instrument yet, just keep
writing. This intuitive writing technique is covered in depth in
the Idea Generator.
Where Does a Song Come From?
This is indeed the million-dollar question, and I discuss this
topic at length in my book, The Idea Generator. When a song (or
part of one) is coming to you, it may be just a tiny little idea
or one good hook line. If you remain receptive, you may get a couple
of verses and a chorus. You may get a stream of garbled consciousness,
3 pages long. What ever you are receiving, this is the place to
start writing from!
written by Jeff Muller for song-secrets.com
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