Don’t Write Lyrics for Others; Write for Yourself

Very few people write songs out of the sheer joy of composing. The integral purpose of music of any kind is to be played, and generally for an audience. This means that when you do write a song, it can be tempting to try and think of what people like, to compare yourself to the current pop tunes that the mass market consists of and try to replicate this. However, this will only make you unremarkable and kind of forgettable. Writing about what you know, your passions, and your personal experience can help you create authentic and moving lyrics that your fans will remember and that can actually strike a connection with your audience. The following tips will help you write personal, amazing lyrics.

1.    Practice Makes Perfect

Writing a great song isn’t something that you can just sit down and do on your first try. It takes all your spare time and endless rewrites and scribbles before you’ll come up with something that you’d actually want to perform in front of an audience, and that’s fine. That’s also how you find your groove and what subjects you feel comfortable writing about – writing what you know will make it easier to find the melody and concentration writing fluid lyrics – why make things harder by writing about an unfamiliar topic that needs research?

2.    Write From Your Experiences

There’s a reason that artists like Adele or Ed Sheeran end up winning all of the awards and have albums that are anticipated for weeks – people relate to their music because their lyrics are actually heartfelt. Because they’re really expressing themselves, they know how it really feels to be in certain situations, and others appreciate having music that reflects all of these emotions. Writing something alien or overly crafted loses this emotion. If you can’t think of topics that relate to your experience, try browsing through Reddit and see if any of the situations talked about there strike a chord with you.

3.    Find Inspiration in Humanity

Think about the world around you and the effects it has on you. Writing means thinking, and thinking means really tuning in to your surroundings, your opinions, and expressing them. If you’re not sure where to start then there are some great stories that you can take a stance on or apply to your own life on Medium. Not only would this result in something personal, but also something a little original, and most likely different to the thousands of songs about love and heartbreak.

4.    Stay Relaxed

Music should be joyful, and there’s no reason why the process shouldn’t be too. Try not to worry about the dangers that may come with writing for yourself – that you’ll be too niche, or that people won’t ‘get’ your music. Once you have the draft of a song sorted out, you can send a copy of it to an editor or proof reader who can offer thoughts into your writing and language, and make sure that your personal lyrics can be understood and appreciated by others. This option takes the risk out of writing for yourself, and plenty of professional editors who can advise you are available with UK Top Writers.

5.    Have a Clear Hook

While you can probably list a bunch of songs that don’t have a clear hook and were absolute smash hits, most songs do in fact need a clear hook. You should have a clear idea of the real message of your song, and this should be expressed by the hook. However, try to avoid filler, meaningless lines outside of your hook – every word should have a purpose.


Song writing is not an easy skill, and it requires a lot of talent and hard work. However, writing for yourself and following the above tips can really help you improve your lyrics, and have your songs ready for gigs in no time.

 

Author – Rachel Summers

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