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How can you be sure the song you write is a strong one? How can you guarantee it will stick in the memory of your listener? How can you get the listener to concentrate on the idea you’re laying down?
The answer to all three questions: Realize the song is not about you, it’s about your listener.
There is nothing more frustrating than having a great idea but not knowing how to hone it and get it in a form that communicates your story. You know your audience, so craft your stories for that audience. The best way to get started is to latch on to a proven lyric writing system. This will help you go after that unique lyric that defines commercial songs. Don’t tell yourself that what you write isn’t worthy. Just write and write and write. Remember that King David probably wrote 10,000 psalms, but only landed 150 on his greatest hits.
Here’s a preview of my formula for writing a great lyric. I call it The Proverbs 27.17 Lyric Formula. Proverbs 27:17 says, “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Even if you are the only lyric writer for the song, you purposely invite others to critique the song later and help you make it better. Great writing is a team sport.
I introduce this in my book The 5 Steps to Get Your Songs Heard, and go into great detail of it in each section in my book Fishing in Church.