Writing Better Lyrics

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The Must-Have Guide for Songwriters

Writing Better Lyrics has been a staple for songwriters for nearly two decades. Now this revised and updated 2nd Edition provides effective tools for everything from generating ideas, to understanding the form and function of a song, to fine-tuning lyrics.

Perfect for new and experienced songwriters alike, this time-tested classic covers the basics in addition to more advanced techniques.Songwriters will discover:How to use sense-bound imagery to enhance a song's emotional impact on listenersTechniques for avoiding clich├ęs and creating imaginative metaphors and similesWays to use repetition as an assetHow to successfully manipulate meterInstruction for matching lyrics with musicWays to build on ideas and generate effective titlesAdvice for working with a co-writerAnd much more

Featuring updated and expanded chapters, 50 fun songwriting exercises, and examples from more than 20 chart-toppings songs, Writing Better Lyrics gives you all of the professional and creative insight you need to write powerful lyrics and put your songs in the spotlight where they belong.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; 2 edition (January 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582975779
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582975771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Nice book!

 on September 9, 2017
By Scott
Bought one for me. After browsing through the book I thought my friend would also find this useful so I bought one for him as well. This gives you strategies and homework to help with your song writing. I am only a couple chapters in but I like what I have seen so far.

Made for songwritters!

 on November 27, 2017
By Spraygovia
Great and easy to read book for those who are looking to improve their song writting skills! Will help you go from an ameture to a pro in the art of song writting!

Great book.

 on April 22, 2017
By Dave Smith
Very thorough and great tips that I use frequently. Changed the way I view lyrics and I approach songwriting differently, in a good way. If you’re interested in the craft, this will help.

LOTS of GOOD tips!

One person found this helpful.
 on June 2, 2016
By G. M. Tenore-Griffin
Enjoying this book,LOTS of GOOD tips!

Four Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on May 9, 2016
By Sidney J. Crump
Some good points it will probably be beneficial

I was a good lyricist before I read this. I’m even better now.

One person found this helpful.
 on February 1, 2016
By JohnnyV8
I’ve written songs for years. This is a great book for songwriters of any level.

Get this book

One person found this helpful.
 on February 23, 2016
By BRO & Geneband
,.” Great book lets you think about the work in new ways

Very good

One person found this helpful.
 on January 25, 2015
By Kindle Customer
Songwriting son very happy with this book. He says his writing has improved. He read some of his newest writing to me and I am impressed.

Four Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on July 5, 2015
By Caligal
A great way to review and continue to apply concepts to new songs after taking the online songwriting class!

Excellent resource

 on March 4, 2017
By John Stewart
Get better be better love this

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