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Two songwriting tips I heard on ‘The Working Songwriter’ Podcast

Here are two songwriting tips I heard on ‘The Working Songwriter’ Podcast.   The first relates to that all too common situation where you can’t find a rhyme – other than one that is a bit awkward. It’s your ‘last resort’ rhyme; perhaps one you found in the rhyming dictionary. The tip was to switch […]

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Advice for writing lyrics if you already know what you want to say

Here is some advice I gave to a songwriting student – who already has stories to tell but finds it difficult to write lyrics, If you are in the same situation you might find this useful. Regarding lyrics. In your situation – as someone who already has things to say – my suggestion would be […]

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Jeff Tweedy’s tip for writing better lyrics – and the holes in my verbs

In his book, ‘How to write one song’, Jeff Tweedy outlines a useful exercise for finding ‘exciting’ new ways to pair words – to help you be more creative when writing your lyrics. In short, Jeff’s tip for writing better lyrics is to list verbs and nouns and then pair them in unusual ways. I’ll […]

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Reflecting on my process for writing the lyrics.

Reflecting on my process for writing lyrics

If you have ever wondered what goes through someone’s mind when they are writing lyrics? You might find this interesting. It is based on notes I sent to David Vachell (songwriter and Songwriting Magic Group administrator) prior to our recent Songwriting Magic live Zoom event; reflecting on my own lyric writing process for the song, […]

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Writers Block

Writers Block – How To Get From A Title To A Full Lyric

A member of the Songwriting Magic Facebook group posted that she had came up with a song title but was really struggling to get any further. This was my reply. Connect your phrase to what is going on in your life or what has happened in your life. Write that story down. Don’t try to […]

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Learn from storytellers to write better song lyrics:

How to write better song lyrics: learn from storytellers

Do you want to know how to write better song lyrics? Don’t you wish there was a simple formula? We all do. In truth, there isn’t a simple formula we can all follow. However, there are things we can do to improve our songwriting (and lyric writing) and one of those is to learn this […]

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Don’t censor yourself when writing a song

Don’t censor yourself when writing a song

Often you will be writing a song and you will be thinking, I really should not write this, because my partner will think it’s about them. So you stop writing it. My advice is, don’t stop! You are a creative individual; you make things up; the things you write don’t need to be true. If […]

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My messy lyric writing process

In this post I reveal how messy my lyric writing process is. We all have a different journey to a finished lyric. By being open about my own messy process – I hope to re-assured you that your own struggles are perfectly valid – no matter how unusual they are. To give you some context. […]

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Object writing as a tool to generate lyric ideas

“…inspiration is way more likely to come around when you already have your tools out. A pen on paper, a brush on canvas, a guitar in your hand.” Jeff Tweedy Object writing is a technique outlined in Pat Pattison book, ‘How to write better lyrics’. If you gravitate towards a technical approach to writing lyrics, […]

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Lyrics: 10 ideas to get you started

“The thunderbolt strikes the head, the pen scribbles furiously, and that’s the song,” Mark Ronson on how Amy Winehouse wrote the lyrics to Back to Black (https://tinyurl.com/ybdpumjj). Sometimes words just flow out of you like water from a tap, other times you can’t even get a drip – so to speak. Here are 10 suggestions […]

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How I write a song

Unless someone has asked me to write something on a particular topic or I am co-writing, this article describes my songwriting process – most of the time. That’s not to say it the best way or even a good way, it’s just, my way. How do you I choose a topic to write about? I […]

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