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Writing Songs that Speak: How to Write Songs that Reach People with Your Message

How to write songs that spealk: Drawing people into your world with clear, open songwriting. | SongFancy.com

At SongFancy, the goal is twofold: 1. Get you jazzed and inspired to write songs. 2. And give you tools & techniques to write songs that truly speak. By “songs that speak,” I don’t mean songs with spoken word sections. Although, literally, those songs do speak! But when we talk about songs that speak, we mean songs that speak to the hearts of your listeners. Songs that communicate exactly what you need them to say. Songs that draw people in. Songs that allow your listeners to be moved and join in on the experience with you. Songwriters always have something to say. Maybe it’s  many somethings. As creative people, we all have that nagging...

Songwriting Tip: How to Write Lyrics that are Conversational

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There are many songwriting techniques you can use to write amazing and impactful lyrics. Here, we’re gonna take a close look at one specific way: Writing conversationally. Yeehaw! A conversational lyric is a great way to approach your next song – but it’s by no means the only way to write great words. It’s one tool to keep in your toolbox, and a super easy way to get your songs communicating loud and clear to anyone listening. Conversational lyrics are just that: Like having a conversation. Think about the last time you had a conversation with a friend in person: I’m willing to guess there was a lot of eye...

How to Dust off Your Old Songs and Give Them New Life

Dust off your old songs and give them new life. | Writing Songs | Songwriting Tips

Hey babes! Today we’re gonna talk about what you can do with that big back-log of songs you wrote ages ago. The stuff that you kinda think has potential, but you’re really unsure what to do with it. Honestly that is such a good problem to have. That pile of older songs you’re sitting on is a goldmine of possibilities. Chances are, all they need is some dusting off, a little freshening up, and you might be able to crank up your output. Here’s a workflow you can follow to give those old tunes new life:   1. First – what’s your goal for these songs? Ask yourself why you want to...

6 Damn Good Reasons Why Songwriters Need to Solo Write

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Co-writing is an absolute blast! It’s basically like hanging out with your really good friends, then coming up with a song at the end that you never could have written on your own. Magical! There are so many benefits to solo writing that often get overlooked in our excitement to co-write. Solo writing is still extremely valuable for every songwriter, even lyrics only writers. Here’s why you should make make time to write alone:   1. You still need to be able to take a song from start to finish. When you cowrite all the time, it can be easy to rely on the skills of your cowriters to get you through...

Songwriting Tip: Quick Exercise for Uncovering Interesting, Fresh Hooks

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Great hooks are soooooo hard to come by. Finding an awesome concept for a new song is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Sometimes they just come to you and omg, it’s the best! Other times, you’re in a cowrite and it’s silent and you’re both just spinning your wheels and then two hours goes by and you’re hangry and just can’t do this anymore. Save yourself some stress and do this little exercise the night before your next cowrite. Or even better, do it daily! You’ll fill up your hookbook with interesting ideas in no time. Songwriting Tip: Quick Exercise for Uncovering Interesting, Fresh Hooks   Tools:...

How to Write Lyrics that Really Make a Difference

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So you’ve been writing songs for a little while now. You’re familiar with structure, rhyme scheme, melody and putting together a good chord progression. Now it’s time to up your game and write some next level lyrics. Here are some songwriting tips that demonstrate how to write lyrics that are not only amazing, but will move your listener to their core:   Write Lyrics that tell the Truth If you really want to know the secret sauce of how to write lyrics that truly amaze – write the truth. Simple as that. Write about an experience that happened to you, to a friend. Write about something real. A listener can...

7 Things to Say in your First Co-Write with a New Co-Writer

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Writing with a new co-writer for the very first time can be SO. NERVE WRACKING. Finding great co-writers is basically dating. You ask a lot of people to write with you, and one by one you get in the writing room, try it out, see if it feels right, and go through a lot of awkward moments. It’s silent. There are bad lines. You face a lot of rejection. You dish out a lot of rejection. Eventually you find your group of writers that you click with. These are the people that you love, that you can call your close friends, that you can always sit down and write something great with....

What Makes A Great Song Great?

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Throughout my whole college education, some of the best advice I ever got came from one of my drawing teachers. What he said was, “You can make really bad art, and you can make really great art, and both of those will help you. It’s the mediocre art that will hurt you.” He was so right, y’all. And the same is true for songwriting. Writing a bad song is at least a learning experience. Those mistakes will guide you the next time you sit down to write, and you’ll be better off because of them. And of course, we all know the joy that writing really great songs can bring. It’s mediocrity that’s the...

When You Identify as a Procrastinator

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I am a Procrastinator. A big, fat, dirty Procrastinator with a capital P(ROCRASTINATOR). And if you’re anything like me, you hate yourself for it. So many times, I find myself putting off things that need to be done, in favor of other smaller things that I could do anytime. I’ll clean the bathroom before I’ll put my clean clothes away. I’ll vacuum the entire house before I unload the dishes from the dishwasher. Procrastination rules me. I’ll even put off my writing. Just to do something like running an errand. Shame, shame one me. Do you do this too? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we put off the...

Why Writing Highly Personal Songs can Work in Your Favor

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The other day, I was surfing Quora looking for conversations about songwriting, when one caught my eye. Someone had asked (to the extent of), “I write highly personal songs. How can I do this and continue my career as a professional songwriter? Should I stop?” That last part nearly choked me. Should I stop? I thought. No way! Heck no! What a horrible, callous world we’d live in if we couldn’t write highly personal, emotional, cathartic songs! But homegirl had a very valid question. Professional vs. Amatuer Oftentimes, we feel like “professional songwriter” and “highly personal songs” don’t walk hand in hand. Why is this? If you’re like me, you’ve had a...