Q12 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

Question 12 I’ve heard that using Rhyming Dictionaries and Thesauruses is cheating, and that you’re not being true to your own creative juices, Is this true? No, I don’t think you are cheating at all when you use these aids to songwriting. Many of the top professional songwriters carry rhyming dictionaries and thesauruses with them wherever they go, just in case some good idea hits them and they want to expand on it right then and there before they lose it. I believe they are a must for all lyricists. Rhyming Dictionaries and Thesauruses are a great way to find just the right rhyme you are looking for, and they can also give you a multitude of ideas for other great lines. While looking for a rhyme to a particular word, you may come across other words or phrases that you had not thought of, that could quite easily inspire you on to write a chorus or other verse that you were still searching for. Your mind is a wonderful tool for connecting things together. When you see a particular word in a rhyming dictionary or thesaurus your mind can work like a computer, and conjure up all kinds of places you can go with that word. The human mind is definitely the world’s greatest and most advanced computer. songsculptor.com Richard Melvin Brown (Songsculptor) provides a helping hand to lyricists (with little or no musical ability) in realizing their dreams of becoming a Professional Songwriter. Can you write a GREAT lyric but can’t carry a tune in a bucket? If so visit us on the web

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Published: 2011-03-19 21:38:36
Q12 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

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    Don’t get discouraged. Like anything, writing good songs takes practice and some effort. A rhyme works best when it seems like it was an accident that words rhymed, and the lyrics are so fresh that the rhyming isn’t even noticed, the song just has that ‘effect ‘of all fitting together somehow and rhymes were a part of that. Rhymes should not be in the way; they should be like the icing on the cake that made it taste better.

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