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Song lyrics are an obvious choice to write your story. You may even decide to replace the lyrics of a song you love with your own to tell your story. Have a look at the lyrics of your favourite songs, you’ll find they often look like poetry when written down.
Deciding what sort of lyrics you want to write will help you decide how it looks on the page when you write it, most songs for example will have a repeating chorus in them.
Maybe you like rap and spoken word lyrics like the Hill Top Hoods? These can be tricky to write, but sound fantastic when they’re finished.
Many musicians write the lyrics first, then compose the music, and you could write your song which ever way suits you best.
You might find it helpful to tap on the desk or with your foot as you write your lyrics, writing to a beat may help you to find a rhythm in the language.
Keep a thesaurus handy! You may find it invaluable when matching rhyming words.
Oh … and while you’re writing, try putting on some music to inspire you!
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You might also find poetry appealing! Just like song lyrics, a lot of poetry has its own sense of rhythm and rhyme. Poetry dates back thousands of years, and can be very satisfying to write.
You might enjoy writing a children’s nursery rhyme, or perhaps the very simple rhythms of a haiku.
Some forms of poetry have formula that must be followed like Petrachean Sonnets.
Writing a sonnet can be a real mind bender, trying to work out which words fit where, but there is a lovely rhythm to them. Writing a sonnet can be tricky, but very rewarding!
Try to keep each verse approximately the same length. If you do, you’ll find it much easier to write music to the story you write.
If you’re writing lyrics, think about your chorus like a bridge to join each verse. Your chorus is the glue that holds your story together, and it is often the most memorable aspect of a song.
Find a writing exercise to warm up first before you begin to write your story.
Don’t forget that song lyrics often tell a story with a beginning, middle and an end. Think about how you might tell your story in this structure.