A 3 step guide for songwriting + writer’s block tips
So you decided to try to write some original songs, but you just can’t get any words on paper. I’ve got a simple guide for you to write your original songs.
Step 1. Come up with a theme, character, and story of your song
Think about a theme for your song. For example, a love song, break up song, Christmas song, etc. Once you have that think about the character in your song. You can write a personal song about your friends, family, crush or boy/girlfriend. But if you don’t want that you can create a character like a teenage boy or girl.
So now you know your theme and character, you can focus on the story. Again, you can write about something personal or you can make something up. Write as many words and sentences that have to do with your theme. You can use this as inspiration for your song.
Step 2. decide on the structure of your song
Okay, so now you have enough inspiration to start writing. But you still have to figure out the structure of the song. By this I mean how many verses do you want and do you want a pre-chorus or not? The basic structure of a song is: verse | (pre-chorus) | chorus | verse | (pre-chorus) | chorus | bridge | chorus | (outro). You can use the bridge as a turning moment in the song, most of the time it also has a different melody. You could also fill up the bridge with an instrumental solo.
Step 3. create a melody
Now that your lyrics are finished you can create a melody. Start with the rhythm, do you want it to be a slow song or an upbeat one. And which genre do you want it to be? When you decided that you need to figure out which instruments and chords you want. For example, do you want a guitar? And do you want it to be an acoustic guitar or an electric one? When you finished the instrumentals you can create the melody and record it.
This guide is just an example of how you can do it. There are many ways you can write an original song. You could also of course come up with a melody first and then write the lyrics afterwards. The most important thing is don’t give up. Your songs can suck in the beginning but when you write more often you get better and better.
Tips for when you have writer’s block
Sometimes you have those days when you are out of inspiration and you just can’t think of anything to write. Here are some tips to prevent writer’s block.
1. Go somewhere that gives you inspiration
Sometimes you just got to get away from your home. Go to a place that gives you inspiration. Take a walk out in nature or through the city, go to the beach, just wherever you can get inspiration from. Take your phone or notebook with you and take notes whenever something pops up in your head.
2. Listen to some songs
Listen to some of your favorite songs and think about what makes them special and why you enjoy listening to them. But keep in mind you can take inspiration from them but don’t copy them, stay original.
3. Take a little break
When you really can’t think of something don’t push it. Take a little break, call a friend, or make some coffee or tea. Listen to some music and just relax for a few minutes.