Here are some useful songwriting tips we found on the web
- Brighton band Ungagged has published these tips from lyricist Mark Allen
- Frustrated Songwriter’s Handbook – this spin-off website explains the immersion technique whereby you write songs as fast as you can
- Bloggingmuses claims to be the top songwriting blog. Lots of tips here.
- MusesMuse.com has an archive of songwriting tips, including these pdf downloads:
Here are some we recommend
The Songwriters Idea Book – by Sheila Davis. Only talks about writing lyrics. Includes 40 writing exercises as writing prompts. Plus a potted guide to songwriting dos and donts and structure. Uniquely the book has a quiz to check your thinking style, and links this to the strengths and weaknesses of your first drafts. With tips on how you can get in the right frame of mind to edit out your imperfections. Includes sections on writing cabaret songs.
Six steps to songwriting success – by Jason Blume – structured, step-wise approach, that will appeal to practical people. Various chapters on getting recordings cut and selling your songs to the music industry. Geared to commercial pop songs.