Great skill and excellence in what one does always sets him/her at a higher place than others. Actually, everyone looks for the best in any service – contracting, web design, online marketing, etc. Same applies to songwriting. The audience, composers, artists and producers are all selective in what they hear, sing and market. This therefore has sent all songwriters to the quest of becoming the best in writing captivating lyrics. Below are some of the best secrets of great song writers that you can use to develop your song crafting technique to becoming the greatest.
What most writers do is to think they will start writing when they have the talent developed. We often take time to act and think we can become better with time. But you actually need to take a pen and a paper or your laptop and write down what you have in mind just as they flow. You can later come and re-write it. With this practice, you will learn to have confidence in what you start and you will notice you are getting better.
Know your Story
As a song-writer, you need to have the totality of the story you are to write about. Most songwriters either have only the beginning or the end of their story well thought of. For excellence, you need to craft your story to wholeness in order to have a good basis for your writing. This will ensure chronological flow of ideas and sense in the message. So there you have it. Embrace your story.
Write what you feel
Write the thoughts or meditation of your heart. Do not try to form a story based on someone’s feelings. Well, you can do that. But you will notice the intensity of the emotion in the lyrics when using your own present or past feelings. be true to your words and mean what you say.
Find your writing mojo
Each writer is different in their own great way. By finding your own mojo, I mean that you learn yourself and establish the things or situations that give you the desire to write. For some this will be a silent environment either indoors or outdoors with chirping birds and fresh air. For others, it could be going for a visit to the orphanage, visiting the sick or helping a needy person. For a Gospel song writer, it will definitely be reading and meditating your Bible! When you know yourself better, you will know the best for you and this will bring out great skill.
Embrace your simplicity
As you write, you will definitely feel you would have done better than what you have written. It is often the case that most song writers hate their lyrics! We all start from somewhere, right? Therefore, spare yourself the self criticism and embrace the simplicity in your lyrics. You will note that people actually appreciate it! The best things are said in the simplest of words; as long as they come from the heart.