Writing lyrics

@askin123 (206)
July 6, 2008 4:24pm CST
I've been trying to write lyrics recently for a friend whos in a progressive rock band. I can't seem to focus myself on writing them and I need some sort of inspiration to help me because I really can't think of anything. I'm normaly alright at writing lyrics for metal bands but not rock. Anyone got any ideas that can help?
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3 responses
• United States
8 Jul 08
Have you tried Haiku? it's simple and the rules of writting Haiku are different from regular poetry. This is by Isa, one of the Japanese Founding Fathers of Haiku -- "New Years Day - Everything is in blossom, I feel about average. The snow is melting and the village is flooded with children. Don't worry, spiders, I keep house, casually."
@askin123 (206)
8 Jul 08
i thought poety had to have some sort of sense to it?
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Lately I've been writing songs left and right just by doing nothing, but I've been waaay too busy to actually "write them" as in writing them down and recording a rough copy. I don't really know what has inspired me. Sometimes it is while I am driving or taking a shower. The best songs I wrote were pure emotion directly from some weird stuff that happened in my life, so maybe you can go off something like that? Sometimes it helps to listen to your favorite songs too. Or watch a movie. Sing in the shower. Drive around. Vacuum, lol. My son always yells at me because i sing too much, but i like it, it's a bad habit i can't break.
@askin123 (206)
8 Jul 08
Nothing wrong with singing. I do it alot =)
@gerald_lian (2193)
• Australia
6 Jul 08
Hi, askin! I myself have been involved in writing lyrics for my own songs as well, and I know how tough it can be when the creative juices just don't flow. I can't really advice much on how to write lyrics for a rock band, but I can provide a few tips to get those much-needed inspiration. Firstly, when you get that writers block while trying to write lyrics, don't push yourself any further to get those words out. Try to do something else that could relax your mind and release that "tension" within such as just taking a walk in the park, listening to some music, go online or any sort of thing that can get your mind off writing lyrics. It is sometimes during these times of doing something else that an inspiration just flows along. I can testify to that because there was once that I got an inspiration for the lyrics of one of my song by doing something else. Secondly, it could perhaps be useful if you got some help from other friends who have some knowledge in music or lyric-writing. I remember there was an occasion where I just invited a few of my friends over for lunch, and while they were at my place I just asked them whether they had any ideas for the lyrics of my new song, and they just gave so many cool lyric ideas to me. Some of those ideas didn't materialize into the lyrics of my song, but I still cherish the "brainstorming" session and ideas that came along. If those two ways still can't help you in getting the lyrics, perhaps it's good to leave the writing till some other time. Perhaps you'll get new ideas in the future. I hope these tips are useful in some ways. I know some might not be practical to you, but it certainly has helped me. Feel free to reply on your progress, as I'm more than interested to know how you're going.....all the best!