HOW TO FUEL YOUR WRITING

 
       
 
May 04, 2017, 05:00 AM

When you were a kid, did you ever have a sleepover with friends where you told scary stories? You’d convince each other there was a ghost in the attic or a spirit coming through the Ouija board. You’d conjure up frightening things to give you and your friends a rush. Stirring up a cauldron of emotion is also helpful when trying to make magic with your art. For tips on how to tap into these creative emotions again, check out the following tips from a top-selling songwriter and author. She can help you to tap into a flow of energy—your unique passion—to fuel your songwriting.

• Look for a situation that gives you a rush, gets your blood pumping or causes butterflies, like meeting an attractive stranger out of the blue. Then write about it.

• When you can capture those special moments on the page, you’ll know you’ve got something. When you give yourself goosebumps, you are pretty much assured that you will be giving the listener the same.

• It can’t be forced. The Muse is a wayward beast. She has to be seduced to stick around or she’ll flee at the first footfall. Ever hear a song and find yourself turning it up without thinking? Or maybe some strains of music coming from a passing car bring you back to a special place and time? That’s what it’s all about. You want to move your listener to laugh or cry or, best of all, be inspired.

• Arousing deep emotion is the ultimate for a songwriter. “The Way We Were” is such a touching, evocative song that it’s been voted one of the top 10 film songs of all time on every list imaginable. It was not only a hit on the radio but had an unforgettable visual connected to it. Every time you hear it, you can picture Barbra Streisand trembling as she meets up with Robert Redford.

 
     
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Peter Kristian Joined Jan 11, 2008
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May 04, 2017, 05:01 AM

This article was written by an associate of mine but I go along with it whole heartedly

 
     
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Peter Kristian Joined Jan 11, 2008
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May 04, 2017, 10:05 AM

I agree too. Especially this bit.

“That’s what it’s all about. You want to move your listener to laugh or cry or, best of all, be inspired.” If you are not aiming to do that, what is the point?

 
     
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Gavin Sinclair Joined Dec 02, 2014
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May 09, 2017, 10:24 AM

As the Songwriter YOU are the first listener. You should be ‘hooked’ the same way you hope other people will be when they become the second listener.

What is it? Is it the situation the Singer-Character is in? Is that situation conveyed in the Lyric?

Is it the timbre of the vocal delivery? Does that emotion expressed in the voice pull you in, lift you up?

Sometimes we get pulled in just by the effect of emoting in singing, and don’t actually have an emotionally matching Lyric. Sometimes the Lyric conveys the emotional situation but we’re not vocalizing a Melody with a matching level of emotional urgency.

As the first listener, are YOU hooked?

There will always be another song to be written. Someone will write it. Why not you? http://www.garyeandrews.com

 
     
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Gary E. Andrews Joined Apr 12, 2005
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May 09, 2017, 10:41 AM

Listen to a song like “The Boxer”. Remember hearing it for the first time. What stays in mind is the catchy chorus, the “lalalay…”. Everyone can sing along to it. When you listen to it again, you notice the emotional Vocal delifery by Paul Simon during the Verses. Hearing it the 3rd time you realize, there is a story told in this song. And you are hooked by the words. A perfect song that offens everything. Music is like the physical attraktion of two lovers. Like sex (huh, I wrote “Sex” on a public US Board, how could I?)....the Lyric of the song is “the 2nd look”, like when you get to know the lover…

...every once in a while, I get in the mood or so…and start to play..

http://www.songcycle.org

 
     
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Martin G Joined May 27, 2009
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May 12, 2017, 09:45 PM

Hello Peter,

Thank You for sharing this, it is very interesting, and though some writers do this automatically without thinking of what they are doing, being aware of what they are doing and why can strengthen their skills.  @ Gavin, Gary, and Martin, I can only wish that more members on the site would read and comment on Peters post as you all have contributed through your own insights and experience’s to the validity of this information.  Best wishes to all,

Speak soon,

Ron

Music is an international language, say it with a song.

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May 23, 2017, 09:00 AM
Gary E. Andrews - 09 May 2017 10:24 AM

As the Songwriter YOU are the first listener. You should be ‘hooked’ the same way you hope other people will be when they become the second listener.

What is it? Is it the situation the Singer-Character is in? Is that situation conveyed in the Lyric?

Is it the timbre of the vocal delivery? Does that emotion expressed in the voice pull you in, lift you up?

Sometimes we get pulled in just by the effect of emoting in singing, and don’t actually have an emotionally matching Lyric. Sometimes the Lyric conveys the emotional situation but we’re not vocalizing a Melody with a matching level of emotional urgency.

As the first listener, are YOU hooked?


Yup! Everything we do either touches us or goes on the scrap pile. There are currently 285 clips on the recorder, pieces of new songs. Every single one of them seemed worth recording at the time. So far, only 25 of them have made it to being, roughly, a song and of them, only 13 are making the first CR hurdle.

 
     
Larry Gude Joined May 23, 2017
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May 26, 2017, 03:17 AM

Thank You Ron Nelson for your kind and thoughtful comments

Best Wishes

 
     
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Peter Kristian Joined Jan 11, 2008
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Oct 18, 2017, 11:14 PM
Gary E. Andrews - 09 May 2017 10:24 AM

As the Songwriter YOU are the first listener. You should be ‘hooked’ the same way you hope other people will be when they become the second listener.

What is it? Is it the situation the Singer-Character is in? Is that situation conveyed in the Lyric?

Is it the timbre of the vocal delivery? Does that emotion expressed in the voice pull you in, lift you up?

Sometimes we get pulled in just by the effect of emoting in singing, and don’t actually have an emotionally matching Lyric. Sometimes the Lyric conveys the emotional situation but we’re not vocalizing a Melody with a matching level of emotional urgency.

As the first listener, are YOU hooked?

Yep, 100%.  If while you are listening to your song, if every line doesn’t sound perfect - then your song is not finished.  The importance of being very self-critical, objective and a good editor cannot be underestimated.  I’ve heard other writers say the hardest thing is have a song that is 90% great.  That last 10% is really hard to crack - but this ain’t horseshoes.

 
     
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