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4 Reasons Why You Need to Finish More Songs Than You Start

Why you need to finish songs - all the way through! From beginning to end. | SongFancy.com

It can be really easy to start a new song that you’re excited about, then walk away once the thrill is gone. Especially if you feel that little glimmer of excitement taking hold, the one that tells you, “Go go go, write right now!” But when you hit that first snag – “What line should come next? Where do I take the second verse from here?” – the muse starts to get distracted like a goldfish and leaves you to your own devices. Suddenly, that brand new song becomes a lot less exciting and a lot more work. So you get up and decide to give your brain a rest...

5 Reasons Why You Can’t Wait for Inspiration to Strike to Start Writing

Your inspiration is out there, you just have to be open to it! Here is a little bit of songwriting inspiration for you! Songwriting tips to get you inspired to write your next best song. | SongFancy.com

Songwriting inspiration is fleeting. We grab on to it when it whisks by, and hold on for dear life, carefully easing it into a song before it loses interest and disappears into the ether. Songwriter Amanda Williams calls this slippery grip on songwriting “pulling a noodle from the sky.” That is so accurate! When inspiration strikes, we must be firm yet delicate. You find yourself enticing the song out of nothingness, “Not too much, not too little, there, just right!” And hopefully, if you’ve played well with your inspiration, it’s gifted you a finished song. Maybe. If you’re lucky. If you played by the rules. Here’s the thing though. You need to...

Writing for the Senses: Songwriting Tip for Memorable, Meaningful Lyrics

Songwriting tip! Here's how to write better, more meaningful lyrics using all five of our senses. Show, don't tell! | SongFancy.com

Songs have a beautiful capacity to take you places. When you hear a song that you used to listen to all the time, you suddenly remember the exact moment in time – the way the light looked, what you were wearing, maybe even the exact smell of something. You could say “The song remembers when.” One of the most powerful ways to affect people through songs is through the use of our five senses. The Show, Don’t Tell Philosophy The eminent and beloved Berkley songwriting teacher, Pat Pattison, has a lot to say on the subject of writing memorable lyrics. He has whole courses dedicated to the topic. Without giving...

Amazing Phrasing: How to Write Lyrics and Melodies that Fit Together Like a Glove

Some lyrics just have that magical quality. Learn how to write lyrics that fit into their melodies like a can in a koozie with this songwriting tip! Click to read! | SongFancy.com

Hello Fanciers! Let’s talk about something magical. Ever notice how some songs seem to have this completely fluid quality about their lyrics? They sound almost like a beautiful cascade of words and lines that melt seamlessly into one another. The rhymes happen right where you expect them to. The point of the song is not only apparent, but made even more so by the structure of each word’s place in the song. This magical quality is called phrasing. When a song has great phrasing, you almost hardly notice. Everything is in it’s place and it just feels good. But the second the phrasing get’s weird, we immediately know it. That’s...

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

Songwriting Tips | how to write lyrics that are conversational. Draw your listeners in to your songs by speaking directly to them.

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 I Format All My Lyric Sheets

Writing Lyrics | Here's how I format all my lyric sheets and stay organized as a songwriter!

Hello, Fancy Fam! A well-organized lyric sheet will make your life sooo much easier. We all have goals for our songs, so let’s be ready for them when the happen by having neat lyrics sheets! You never know when you’re going to get that random perfect opportunity to send your lyrics off into the stratosphere. Let’s get them laid out all nice and purdy-like so you don’t have to run around at the last second formatting and looking for any missing info! I format all my lyrics exactly the same, and now it’s super easy for me for format and set them up in a hurry. The way I do this...

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...