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10 Tips To Songwriting

This Boy That GirlWriting songs has always been a part of who we are. Growing up we would write with what we knew at the time, and we fell in love with the idea that you can make an incredible piece of history in one moment out of nothing but your voice. Now that we’ve grown up a bit we are still in awe of what we do. Now we appreciate that we get to make a career doing something that we love. After writing for some time, you start to develop a personal preference of how you like to write.

This is a checklist of what goes through our minds while we’re writing and how we process and develop songs. Every song and writing session is different, but this is a basic idea of how it goes down with us. Hopefully this helps with your process as well.

 What do you want to write about?

Is there something that you have been dying to put in a song? If not, use the next tip…

 What’s going on in your life?

Is there a situation going on in your life that you want to share? Sometimes amazing songs come from a real-life situation that you feel some type of way about. If you still don’t know what to write about, move on to the next tip…

Be inspired.

Inspiration comes from so many places. Technically, inspiration is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. To us, inspiration is a feeling that happens when you allow yourself to be open to the world, accepting anything that’s different and strange and you end up finding a beautiful, new vision of the world you already know.

 Establish a concept.

Cementing a concept helps shape what you’re about to write.

Go with it.

Let yourself hum and play around with your voice and/ or an instrument and/or what ever you want. Just make noise and go from there.

Find a strong melody.

A great melody is the one everyone is singing after they leave the show, drive home, take a shower, and get in bed. All killer songs have a melody that no one can resist. Whether is a Christina Aguilera ballad or an Eminem record, the melody is what drives us to download the song and play it 24/7.

 Write lyrics.

Whatever you want to say. How ever you want to say it.

Make it real to you.

Let the lyrics and the song, as a whole be real to you. If its not than it won’t be believable.

Co-write and collaborate.

A great way to overcome writer’s block is to hear someone else’s ideas. Besides this being a second option, co-writing is also just really fun. You get to hang out with cool people and make music. There’s no better deal.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

A lot of the great and interesting choices made in songs are the aftermath of mistakes. Mistakes are secretly a blessing because when we are so focused on one idea, sometimes we don’t see a crazy idea that will make the song 10x better unless we make a mistake and relax.

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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