How to Write a Song: Write Lyrics Through a Lens | Part 7/9 | Andrea Stolpe | American Songwriter

You want to write lyrics that convey what you’re feeling, but it feels like every line you write already has a home in somebody else’s song. In this video, songwriter and Berklee Online course author Andrea Stolpe shares a tip for writing about your emotions without feeling like you’re recycling worn out clichés: Write through a lens! What that means is to think about an object that you feel a kinship with when you feel this emotion, and do some sensory writing. Then plug in some of the more colorful words from your sensory writing into your lyrics, and they’ll immediately be more “showing” lyrics than “telling” lyrics.

Watch all the videos in this series:
How to Write a Song: Use Imagery and Small Moments: https://youtu.be/DCTil7LLZ5E
How to Write a Song: Verses Carry the Story, Chorus Carries the Message: https://youtu.be/TecEmbKEWho
How to Write a Song: Tips to Generate Imagery for Lyrics: https://youtu.be/b0DY7SNRjlk
How to Write a Song: Focus on Weight and Pace of Moments: https://youtu.be/HlX5xyp7IbI
How to Write a Song: Use Melody to Build Your Verse Lyrics: https://youtu.be/PfbmsgHTvBY
How to Write a Song: Use Toggling in Your Lyrics: https://youtu.be/xt6ow4vca9k
How to Write a Song: Imagery Tips for the Second Verse: https://youtu.be/6DaYkINODSA
How to Write a Song: 5 Polishing Techniques for Lyrics: https://youtu.be/wXPz98kbNKQ

About Andrea Stolpe:
Andrea Stolpe is a multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator. Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Jimmy Wayne, and more. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing. Her books, Popular Songwriting: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling and Beginning Songwriting: Writing Your Own Lyrics, Melodies, and Chords detail a unique process for uniting your artistic voice with the commercial market. Andrea has taught melody, harmony, and lyric writing courses for Berklee Online for more than a decade. She authored the Berklee Online course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, which she teaches. She also teaches Lyric Writing: Writing from the Title, and Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music for Berklee Online.

About Berklee Online:
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