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- Writing lyrics that are easy to sing
- Putting the message in the chorus
- Being productive at home
- Putting the hook at the end of the chorus
- Keeping rhyme schemes consistent
- Using repetition in melodies
- Making rough recordings
- Reading poetry for inspiration
- Writing at a regular time
- Taking a writing assignment
- Cutting down a song's length
Skill Level Beginner
- A lyric is a great start, but you'll need a melody before you can call it a song. One of the things that I run into a lot, as someone who listens to and critiques songs is I get a lot of submissions that ask me to review their song, and it's only a lyric. To be perfectly honest, no one in the music business is looking for lyrics, they need things to be spelled out. In order for it to be a song, that lyric has to be put to a melody, and that melody and lyric need to be recorded in a form that people in the industry will understand as a song.
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