Lyrical Techniques & Writing Tips
(for beginner lyric writers)
Understand how to use major poetic devices to write lyrics for your poetry and songs by studying popular song lyric examples.
Remember that lyric writing is creative writing. And at the heart of creative writing is the process of expressing your thoughts and feelings through words in a way that's not typical or expected.
When we want to express ourselves clearly and directly we write how we normally speak or think.
For instance, when writing these articles I'm combing over each sentence to make sure to provide you with information as simply as I can.
But in lyric writing we're not necessarily trying to be clear or direct or simple.
We want the reader to wonder and to trigger their creativity and imagination in an attempt to try to figure out if there's a hidden or deeper meaning.
Most Popular Writing Techniques
To that end, there are several writing techniques & tips you can use to add color to your lyric writing. Some are more difficult that others, but all can be used effectively in your poetry or songs.
Now the list below isn't not a complete list but these are some of the more popular techniques often used in poetry and songwriting:
- Metaphor - A comparison between 2 unrelated things
- Alliteration - A repetition of a sound in a phrase
- Imagery -
Using words to draw on the five senses
- Personification - Giving non-living things human traits and qualities
- Point-of-View - The way you see and talk about a situation
- Hyperbole - Exaggeration of a fact or statement, for stronger effect
- Repetition - Restating a word or phrase
Notice that each one of these lyrical techniques sets a specific pattern for your written content.
And if you've set a pattern at the beginning of your content it's best to follow that pattern throughout your work until you're finished.
You're not required to use every technique listed above when writing your poetry or song nor do you want to...but you do want to be consistent.
But Which Technique Should You Use?
The best way to figure out which techniques you should focus on for your project is to study examples of the type of lyric you want to write.
Is there a poet or songwriter whose work you're most interested in? Who inspired you to write?
Usually, an artist consistently uses the same writing technique in all of their works, so much so that the style becomes their "signature".
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Updated: April 3, 2020
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