The Process of Songwriting: Tips from a Songwriter
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 3 min read

Creating a song is a complex, yet rewarding process. It takes hard work, dedication, and a bit of creativity to craft a song that resonates with listeners. But with the right tools and tips, you can create a song that will be remembered for years to come.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the process of songwriting, from the initial idea to the final release. We’ll discuss the various stages of songwriting, provide tips for each stage, and explain how to make sure your song stands out.  

Get Inspired
The first step in the songwriting process is to get inspired. This could be from a book, a movie, a conversation, or even a dream. The key is to find something that resonates with you and makes you want to write.

Take time to explore different sources of inspiration and find something that speaks to you. You could listen to music from a variety of genres, watch movies, read books, or even take a walk in nature and see what inspires you. Write down your ideas and keep them in a safe place.

Develop Your Idea
Once you have your initial idea, it’s time to develop it further. Ask yourself questions such as: What is the story behind the song? What is the message you want to convey? What type of music do you want to create?

Think of different ways to express yourself and explore different musical styles. Take your time to answer these questions and make sure your idea resonates with you. Consider the different elements of your song, such as the lyrics, melody, harmony, and rhythm. Once you’ve developed your idea, it’s time to move on to the next stage.

Write the Lyrics
Now it’s time to start writing the lyrics. Start by writing down the main ideas and themes you want to convey. Then, start writing the verses and chorus. Make sure to keep the lyrics simple and direct.

Also, think about the structure of the song. How many verses and choruses do you want? What kind of bridge do you want? Consider these questions as you write the lyrics. Pay attention to the rhyme scheme and the flow of the lyrics. Make sure the lyrics are consistent and that they sound good when sung.

Write the Music
Once you have the lyrics, it’s time to write the music. Start by creating a basic melody and chord progression. Then, add instruments and other elements to create a fuller sound.

Experiment with different instruments and sounds to create the perfect musical accompaniment for your lyrics. Make sure to keep the music simple and direct, just like the lyrics. Consider the different elements of music, such as the melody, harmony, and rhythm. Pay attention to the overall sound of the song and make sure it complements the lyrics.

Record and Edit
Once you’ve written the lyrics and music, it’s time to record and edit the song. Record each part of the song separately and make sure to get a good take.

Then, edit the song to make sure everything flows together. Take time to listen to the song and make changes as needed. Pay attention to the sound quality and make sure the different elements of the song are balanced.

The final step in the songwriting process is to release the song. You can release your song on streaming platforms or through your own website.

Make sure to promote your song and get it out to as many people as possible. Create a music video, write press releases, and reach out to radio stations and other media outlets. Take advantage of social media and connect with your audience.

The process of songwriting is complex and requires hard work and dedication. But with the right tools and tips, you can create a song that resonates with listeners.

Take your time to explore different sources of inspiration, develop your idea, write the lyrics and music, record and edit the song, and release it to the world. With a bit of creativity and hard work, you can create a song that will be remembered for years to come.

If you’re looking to learn more about the process of songwriting, be sure to check out the workshop "Evolution of a Song: From Idea to Release" by Jade Helliwell. This workshop will provide you with valuable insight into the songwriting process and help you create the perfect song. It will also teach you how to create an effective promotional plan and get your song out to the world.

At the end of the day, songwriting is an art form. It’s up to you to create something unique and special. With the right tools and tips, you can create a song that will resonate with listeners and stand the test of time.