These five simple songwriting tips will help your lyrics and melodies connect with listeners, music publishers, record labels, and Film & TV music supervisors. Each one is simple, easy to use, and will help you add an expressive, unforgettable edge to every song you write. 

1. Start with a blockbuster theme. You can find exciting ideas for songs all around you. Your life and memories are a great resource, of course. But there are more sources you may not have thought of.  Check out this tip to find out more.

2. Use the power of images. “Show, Don’t tell” is just as effective in songwriting as it is in all other kinds of writing. Learn how images can add energy, emotion, and layers of meaning to your lyric with a single word or phrase in Tip #2.

3. Make your melody memorable. Why do some melodies stick in your head while others fade away as soon as the song is over?  Try this tips for using melody patterns.

4. Use contrast to grab attention. Listeners can get distracted and lose interest quickly. Keep them involved with changes in pace and note range. Tip #4 will show you how.

5. Write your song in a music genre. Genres are the key to reaching listeners and the music industry. Don’t wait until your song is already written. Choose a genre before you start and keep your goal in focus. Here’s a tip and video that include plenty of resources for choosing the best genre for you.

After you read through these five tips, be sure to check out the Secrets of Hit Songwriting section. You’ll find in-depth guides that will walk you through some of today’s biggest hits and hear how these five song techniques are put to work to create melodies and lyrics that have moved millions of listeners . Believe me, if they can do it, you can do it!