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Watch the Create the Story online guitar lesson by Ravi from 1-2-3 Songwriting

This is one of the biggest obstacles for most songwriters - writing lyrics. Like anything, sometimes you just have to do it. So, where do you begin? With the story! What story do you want to tell? If you don't know, just start with some kind of universal truth. Perhaps you have explored ideas and recorded them in a book. Maybe you have collected quotes that you have read or overheard. If you don't have these collections of inspiration, start collecting! Ideas are around you all the time just waiting to be recognized. It's not about rhyming or being creative at this point. It's just about recognizing and capturing. So, start there and take out a blank page, just get started! Begin with a universall truth - something that virtually everyone can relate to. This is why so many songs are written about love. It's the easiest subject to work with, and frankly, one of the most important. There is little in life that impacts a human being more than love. So, start here if nothing else comes to mind, and don't worry about being trite or unoriginal -in this segment, I use boy meets girl! Then, expand from that universal truth and start developing the unique story. In this case, that is the type of relationship. Once you have an idea of what the story is, choose the most effective point of view. Is the singer talking about himself (1st person), is he advising someone else (2nd person), or is he telling a story about someone else altogether (3rd person)? We're not writing the lyrics yet, but let's establish the story idea and extract a title from it. Once you have done that, check it off your list.