However, as the old saying goes, you have to learn to walk before you learn to run. Many first timers come to screenwriting with great ambition. Some desire to write sprawling epics, grand period pieces, or adventures set on faraway planets or in densely- imagined fantasy lands. Others want to go small and craft intense dramas or mordant comedies based on their own life experiences or personal obsessions.
Work on the melody and chords using the verse and chorus lyric you have, gradually smoothing and changing until you have something you like.
Then write the rest of the lyric to the final melody. Songs for musical theater are different — they usually do require perfect rhymes. Check out a web site like Rhymedesk.
Read my post To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme on my blog site.
Know when to take a break Work on your lyric for short periods of time. Take a walk and let things settle for awhile.
Keep the hit song melody in your head. The most important thing and the most difficult is to keep the emotional integrity of the song intact.
Keep working on the lyric until you are genuinely moved and excited by it. Check out my books at Amazon. Back to Contents list. While song melodies and lyrics are copyrighted, in general, these familiar chord progressions are not.
C-Am-F-G belongs to everyone! You can use this type of generic chord progression in your own songs. Listen to a recent hit song and learn to play along on either guitar or keyboards.
There are many YouTube videos that will show you how to play recent hits. These are protected by the copyright law. Learn to play chords If you already have an idea for your melody, you can hunt for the chords that fit. Check out my Resources page for a good one. Or you can take a few lessons from a local music teacher.
Many music stores offer lessons. Your local community center or college may have classes. Or ask friends and neighbors to refer a teacher. We know chords, we know song craft, we know how to follow our emotions — none of this has anything to do with how many dazzling riffs and licks you can play.
Just strum or chord along with your voice and keep the emotional feel front and center. Karaoke tracks offer an instant backing track that can inspire ideas and get you singing your lyrics to a contemporary beat.
Go ahead and write a song for friends and family or just for songwriting practice. The track itself is copyrighted but generally the chords are not. Read on my blog: A lyric with a single, strong emotional focus is ideal for this use. Notice how they enhance and deepen the effect of the scene. As an exercise, choose a scene and try writing a song that would work with it.
Record your vocal and a simple guitar or piano part, then play it softly under the scene to see if it increases the emotional impact. Time to look for a co-writer! Back to the hunt for collaborators… Idea 1: Universities and community colleges in your area will have a music department.
Also, check to see if there is a campus club or group interested in music or songwriting. Check out clubs in your area that feature local artists.
Check out local music stores.Fleeting first love is special because you only get it once, whether you stay together or not. It's the first chapter of your story that reminds you of who you were at a time when you were young.
Modern screenwriters love non linear narratives – scripts filled with flashbacks, flashforwards, asides, fragmented plot progressions rather than chronological ones, and so on.
But when first timers attempt to write scripts like this, they are rarely successful. Use your first script to wean yourself from this very bad habit and focus. If you had an opportunity to write a letter to your first love, what would it say? Update Cancel. ad by Grammarly. Write with confidence.
Actually, my ex-husband was my first love, and I did write a kind of love letter to him, years after our divorce from an 18 yr. marriage. Writing a love letter is one of the best ways to clearly express your emotions, giving you time to think about what you want to say and enveloping the element of surprise into your gift.
It is as simple as putting the pen to paper and letting your heart say what it wants. Do you think of your first love or are you with your first love? I would like to hear from you in comments below! Don't forget to read my regular blog at srmvision.com Read this: He Was My First Love And My First Heartbreak.
We Simply Fell In Love At The Wrong Time. Read this: You Are Not My First Love Read this: I Want To Be Your First Love Cataloged in [ ].