• Decide what you're trying to say.
  • Say what's real to you in the moment.
  • Don't edit until you're finished writing (also don't over-edit).
  • Journal as a practice when you begin to write songs.


  • Listen for the cry in songs.
  • Find a piano and hum out your melodies.
  • Write down your first melody, but then tweak it as you go.


  • Pick the rhythm that works well with your lyrics.
  • Write to a metronome.
  • Try writing within the confines of a specific.
  • Try your melody as 3/4's, 6/8's or 4/4's.