Watch the Create the Story online guitar lesson by Ravi from 1-2-3 Songwriting
Okay, time to put pen to paper and figure out what kind of story we are going to tell. This is a good opportunity to refer to your book of ideas - the notes you made during the course of everyday life. Perhaps a quote or two come to mind. For my song, I'm going to work from a quote and develop a story around it. Work with a quote for the sake of this exercise, and imagine someone saying it. Are you the speaker/singer? Who are you speaking to, and in what context? Why are you saying this, and why now? These kinds of questions will help you build a story. Depending on the meaning behind the the quote, decide if you want to be the one giving the message or receiving it - perhaps it isn't a flattering quote and therefore you might be on the defensive. That can be quite compelling. In my story, it isn't going to be the most flattering for the singer to sing this story, but it still will be pretty compelling. Explore ideas and vantage points. Don't edit, just write. Extract a title from this exercise and perhaps a few lines that sound musical. Figure out the general lyrical theme for your chorus and your verses. Get that far and check it off your list.