If you’re a songwriter, then you already know that you will have times of inspiration and that there will be times when you can’t think of anything to write. This happens to all writers no matter the genre and it’s just part of the process. Understanding this will help keep the frustration level down and just know that your moments of creativity will happen. Just have patience.
There are several techniques to use when songwriting; although, many writers are self taught and just use their musical instinct to get it right. All writers, even if they are seasoned writers of music have techniques and processes that they follow. As a writer you will develop your own.
For example, analyze a favorite song and write new lyrics. Also, listen to music that is out of your standard element and see what goes into creating and writing that type of song. Another idea may be to look at books that discuss songwriting and check out the various techniques that other songwriters use. You can never have too much knowledge on any given subject.
In addition, always carry a notebook with you because you never know when or how you may get inspired. It’s a good thing to jot down your ideas so that you don’t forget them and you’ll have them for future reference. Below are some general guidelines on how to get started with your songwriting career.