- Lyric Writing Inspiration
to Write Lyrics for Your Songs
"Get your creative juices flowing."
Learn where inspiration comes from and how you can
use it to write your lyrics for your songs.
Lyric Writing Inspiration?
The following definition
may sound a little weird at first, but give it time to sink
...the process of
infusing spirit and emotion
In other words, whenever you're happy, you were
inspired to be... Something caused your happiness.
whenever you're sad, you were inspired
to be... Something caused your sadness.
We never think of inspiration in this
way, so we say things like “I’m happy”, instead of “I’m
inspired with happiness”...or "I'm lonely", instead of "I'm
inspired with loneliness".
"No songwriter is an island unto
himself/herself." We don't create emotion...we draw it
But if inspiration is 'drawing in
emotion', what's emotion?
“E-motion” is Energy - in -
Energy (Feelings) transferred or moving...always
flowing from one thing to the next.
Every emotion we have is triggered
by something...a cause or a spark.
So we can apply these concepts to songwriting
“Lyric Writing Inspiration is not
unique to special people. It's simply emotional energy
transferred or channeled from other things.”
Lyric Writing inspiration does not
come from within. So anyone can draw inspiration to write great
lyrics - yes even you - all you need to do is learn how to
channel the right creative energy you need.
What are ways to channel
inspiration to write lyrics for your songs?
Location Inspiration: Find lyric writing inspiration through
Location is very important when writing, because atmosphere affects your
You probably can't write sad or painful lyrics in a park. At a
park you'd probably feel relaxed and maybe a little content
or happy. This atmosphere wouldn't work to channel sadness,
unless you have a sad memory attached to the park (more
on object inspiration next).
In an empty and run-down apartment, you probably
wouldn’t feel happiness, so it'd be the best location to
write a "painful" lyric or two.
Even your kitchen is different from your living room in
evoking creative emotion.
Choose the best location
to write your song lyrics.
Object Inspiration: Find inspiration
to write lyrics through objects.
Use anything - person, place or thing - that'll inspire the best
just comes from within. All songwriters surround
themselves with things that'll inspire their next creative
Open a photo album
and reminisce on old memories attached to your target emotion.
Read old letters and remember where
you were and what you felt when you first read them.
family member you haven't seen in a while, to get inspired.
television show or film where your target emotion
Or go to a
familiar place...like a park :-).
object you need to channel your target emotion.
Choose the best items to write your
Topic Inspiration: Find lyric
writing inspiration through topic or idea.
Sometimes an idea (or popular topic) is strong
enough to give inspiration all on it's own.
in particular situation. It could be a situation that's happened
to you, someone close to you, a group of people, or someone well known.
Now put yourself
there mentally and emotionally. How does it
make you feel? Explore those feelings until you've found
your target emotion.
One way to make sure
your lyric idea has the strongest inspiration is to brainstorm on
universal topics - issues that large groups of people are
Choose a relatable
topic to write your song lyrics.
Music Inspiration: Find lyric
inspiration through music.
Music (or other songs) inspired you to start to write
lyrics, so channel that inspiration directly into your project.
Can you think of any song that
has the same emotion you want in your song?
Play the CD or mp3... Close your eyes and let the
music fill you emotionally. Put yourself in place of the singer and begin
lip-singing their song... Pretend their words are your words.
Next, imagine you were just asked to write new lyrics for that
song, only now the song's about your idea.
...Trust me, it works!
"I like to find instrumentals of my favorite songs...so I can
hear the music without lyrics."
Choose the best music to write lyrics
for your songs.
You're not limited to using any one option. When you chose to write your lyrics, you also chose to
become an artist. And as an artist, it's your job to inspire
emotion; first in yourself, and then in others.
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