This works for me …
- Know what I want to say about the subject matter I choose to explore in my song before I start writing my lyric
- If it helps, make a list of key points I want to (or might want to) make
- Make sure I develop my subject in a coherent way
- Let poetry come in a natural way
- Allow time for the lyric to mature
- Revisit my lyric-in-progress regularly – with fresh perspective – listen to my gut as I edit and refine
- Don’t let attachment to perceived clever rhyming or wordplay get in the way of saying what I want to say.
- Don’t start writing a lyric without a clear idea about what I want to say and the points i wish to make
- Don’t let poetry rule – let it serve (dump the poetry if it is preventing you saying what you want to say)
If the lyrics doesn’t flow it is almost always because I do not know what I want to say. I figure, if I do not know what I want to say … why am I writing a lyric?
What works/doesn’t work for you?