Lyrics is very important to any song because at the end of the day, people do not really pay attention to the instrumentals but the words you sing.
Your lyrics must convey a message if you want your fans to keep listening to you.
Writing lyrics can be very tasty and frustrating especially if you’ve not been doing it frequently but no worries, we’ve got your back.
In this article, we will outline with detailed explanation, 10 steps to writing a good lyrics for your music.
1. Writing Destination
Start it by writing freely in paragraphs. Make sure it describes a person, a moment and even a scene. Let the focus be on similes and adjectives then tie it to five senses and direct and forceful verbs.
2. Look for Rhyming Pairs While
Separating the Details Internally and Externally
The internal detail focus on the personality and feeling in the story while the external detail is on the setting. Make sure there is a balance between the internal and external details. This will balance will help your listeners to have good experience while listening to you.
Have a proper layout of the internal and external details (lay it side by side) while connecting the rhyming parts.
3. Decide a Rhyme Scheme and Plot Progression
There are many types of rhyme scheme and some are :
AABCCB, ABAB, ABC, and even XAXA. Note that when letters match, rhyming lines but X stands for lines that does not rhyme.
I mentioned earlier, that your lyrics should tell a story so do well to make sure that your song cuts across verse, bridge and chorus or you could interchange them.
4. Cover Meat On The Bone
The next step is to get the rhyming phrases you got from the second step then fix it into the third step. Be sure to add prepositions as well as conjunctive words to it in order to enable it tell the desired story.
When writing my songs, I always make sure the first verse of my song carries the where, when and who of the whole song. Following that step wouldn’t be a bad idea after all.
5. Chorus Writing
You will certainly have to write about your destination again, but this time the focus should be inwardly directed at feelings as well as the thoughts of your main character. Write it in paragraphs, like the same pattern engaged in step 1.
6. Look for Pairs of Rhyming Materials in Your Chorus
This step will be done just like step 2. Spread the chorus and check for the rhyming phrases while connecting it one to another.
Search for the central theme of the story and try to caption the moral and focal point you would like to convey.
You may likely find the title to your song here, so put your head up and focus.
Note that the title of the song may not be the first thing you’ll have to look for. It will come as you write on.
7. Construction of the Pre-Chorus and the second Verse
This is a point where you’ll have to focus inwardly on the internal details of your song while enlarging the horizon of the focal point of your first verse.
A song is more deep when it graduates from a narrow point of view to a broadened point of view.
Drag your listeners to your own point of view while administering the where, who and when of the song in your first few lines.
8. Make the Bridge
This is a very sensitive part of a song. Make sure your bridge breaks out in melody, structure and progression from the rest of the song.
You can contradict the theme of the song a little then come back. It won’t cause any harm.
9. Review of the Song
Your song might have taken a good shape at step 8 but then, you still need to as a matter of fact, review and correct your tenses, verbs and even your very point of view.
Be careful to observe if the song is in the first or second person. Even a third person would be correct but let there be consistency.
If the song is in a memory pattern, future or present, it is still apt but be sure to check your verbs to make sure it correlates.
10. Conversational Quality Checks
Bear in mind that you have listeners and not readers. Sing the song to yourself and try to follow the conversation.
If your thoughts and brain can relate and flow very well with the story you’re trying to pass with the song good but if not, try to insert changes where necessary.
I know your book may be rough by now via Writing and cleaning then Writing again (smiles)… but the good thing is that you have a great song that can be performed or even recorded plus you can now write a song comfortably.
Let’s hear your experience in the comment box. It may inspire someone else…