This quote comes from American country star Dustin Lynch. While he is a pretty recent star, he still has a lot of valuable insight that a songwriter for any genre is able to benefit from. This quote is something that any writer can really relate to. Writers are, by nature, very close observers of the world around them; a skill that is really essential to a creative person because observing their environment gives them inspiration. When you take what you see and just absorb it, you can make absolute magic that your fans will enjoy.
They always say to write what you know. Writing can always be such a cathartic experience for a writer, but it can also just be the writer’s way of sharing things that they observe or conversations that listeners can learn from. Writers have this habit of also being stuck in their head a lot of the time, and there is always something swirling around up there that needs to get out. The real trick to songwriting is being able to take these thoughts and life experiences and turn them into a song that your listeners can really connect with.
A trick to start with is to write down something as soon as you think it or experience it. This may seem like a silly idea, but writing it down as soon as it happens is important, so that you will not forget it. You can choose to carry around a small notepad and pen to quickly jot something down or you can use your smartphone and use that as your notebook. You can look back at your notes in order to write a song based off of something or you can use this to compile ideas and create a song from that. Your writer’s instinct will be able to tell you which one will work best with your specific notes. These notes do not always have to contain complete thoughts, sometimes you can just jot down something that has inspired you. You should also make a habit to write a journal entry at least several times a week. In this journal, you can keep detailed records of observations that you have made, something that you have experienced, or discuss any other conversation that you may have experienced.
Songwriting can be a long process. You can make this easier by following some of the tips above. These tips can help you turn those observations and thoughts into a story that can be sung to your fans. Something like a journal is great because you can take your experiences and thoughts that you have compiled in order to create the perfect song. A good song, a song that people will relate to and feel strong emotions for, is one that will come from deep within yourself and is something that is honest. You know what your listeners are craving, so this is your chance to write a song that is meaningful based on your own observations.