Write a Song About...

Are you itching to write a song but you don't know what to write about? These tips and exercises will help you come up with ideas, and nail them down.

Get Out of the House!

We writers spend far too much time on our own, and inside of our own head. It does us good to get out in the world now and again.

Yes, we are a strange breed. And we cherish our time alone. And so we should, because that's when we write our masterpieces.

But keep in mind, when writing a song we need fuel to feed the fire.

We need those outside influences to stimulate our creativity. Then when we set out to write a song, we can work our magic!

So get outside and notice what's going on around you. Listen in on the conversation the two elderly women are having ahead of you in the supermarket checkout.

Listen to the gossip. There may be gold hidden there!

How Are You Feeling?

Write about what's going on in your life right now.

Did you just break up with the love of your life? Did you just meet the love of your life?

Write a song about it.

If you're going through a difficult time, it can be hard to write about. Yet, the emotions that are pouring through you right now are worth their weight in gold.

I've written many a ballad from hell when in this super-charged state. I must admit though, it is easier to write when I'm happy.

When I'm happy I feel like I can do almost anything. Including write great songs.

Get in Touch with Yourself

Have you ever written a spiritual song?

I don't mean a religious song (although that's okay too), but a song about the mysteries of existence.

I find writing this type of song to be very fulfilling.

Pretty much everyone has heard of The Secret and the Law Of Attraction. Try to write a song about the power of the human mind, and its ability to rise above adversity.

Tune in to your higher all-powerful self. Try meditation or yoga. The more you get in touch with yourself, the more insightful your lyrics will become.

Seen a Good Film Lately?

A good movie, or a good book for that matter, can give a great boost to our creativity.

Not only that, but how about writing a song based on the events of that film or book? The story is already in place. You just need to put it in song form.

Now, obviously you can't fit an entire movie or book into a song. So what you want to do is use the biggest and most important elements.

To begin, try to condense it down to a short story. Then make it shorter.

Take the basic elements of the story...

  • What happened?
  • Who did it happen to?
  • Why?
  • How did it end?

...then write your lyrics in story form.

You may find your song taking a different direction than the story you based it on. That's okay. Let it go.

If the movie idea is just a catalyst to get your juices flowing, great!

After all, your goal is to write a song. You may not know what it's going to be about at first. But you will eventually.

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