Song plots END writer’s block.
If you have a general idea of what you want to say, it’s much easier to piece together four rhyming lines and complete a verse.
Song plots are starting places. They’re lyrical patterns found in great songwriting. Think of them as song archetypes.
You can discover new song plots for your songs. Here’s how…
- Take the lyrics from one of your favorite songs
- Boil it down to get the meaning and purpose of each section
- Describe each section with a single sentence
Here’s an example…
- Verse: This is how I feel
- Prechorus: I’ll tell you why I feel this way
- Chorus: This is why I feel this way
The classic Temptations tune, My Girl, written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, follows the following song plot:
Verse: This is how I feel
In the verse, the singer tells you how he feels. “I’ve got sunshine on cloudy day.”
Prechorus: I’ll tell you why I feel this way
In the prechorus, the singer speaks to the audience and says, “I guess you’d say, what can make me feel this way.”
Chorus: This is why I feel this way
Finally, the singer tells you why he feels this way in the chorus: “My girl.”
You can use that song plot again and again and again, without getting repetitive.
Here’s another common song plot you can use with just about every subject imaginable:
Verse: The way I’d like things to be
Prechorus: Is there hope?
Chorus: The way things are
Bridge: Everything’s going to be alright
From that song plot, you can make a quick outline like this:
Verse: I wish we never met (The way I’d like things to be)
Prechorus: Are there any good men/women out there? (Is there hope?)
Chorus: You’re a cheating, cheating cheater (The way things are)
Bridge: I’m moving on with my life (Everything’s going to be alright)
The Speed Songwriting Cheat Sheet has 5 song plots that you can use. Download it today.