Creative Process for Songwriting

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

With the COVID restrictions requiring all of us to spend more time at home, music is a great way to keep ourselves engaged. All the new songs that are on YouTube, Prime music and Spotify got me thinking about songwriting and the creative process for songwriting. I had posted a poll on Reddit about the creative process for songwriting and received a wide range of responses.

Here is one of those responses for the poll from Daniel Egan.

I think it's easy to fall for the creativity hype when it comes to writing. Creating a song is a technical process of:

  • Forming a structure (verse x2 - Bridge - Chorus, etc)

  • Stringing chords together for each section

  • Coming up with an engaging melody

Assuming we're not including the process of recording, etc. The creativity comes from the choices you make - what chords? What's the song about? What is the melody like?

Writing music
Writing music

Writing a song

You can practice writing songs until you can write music as easily as you can post on Reddit - the more you do it, the easier it is to tap into. Songwriters that can't get the creative fuse to light usually struggle with a good technical understanding of what they're doing when they're creating a song, whether they use all of the music theory words or just have a weird abstract process that only works for them.

Musical chords