Find the key message

Identify the main creative idea that will drive your song


Writing and composing a song or instrumental requires us to make many decisions. If you are unclear about the message you are trying to convey it’s easy to get lost.


  1. If you haven’t already done so, map out the creative territory of your song or composition. You can do this using free writing or another of the find song ideas recipes. 
  2. Try to summarise the main message in less than ten words
  3. This is not the plot or action of the song
  4. Main messages are often very simple statements. They are direct and to the point
  5. Use the examples below to get a feel for what constitutes a key message


Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran – the main message is “I will love you forever”
Superstition by Stevie Wonder – main message is “Don’t be superstitious”
Why less than ten words
Simple messages are powerful, the ten word limit forces us to be succinct. Ten words is a human cognitive limit. To quickly recall a message of more than ten words we have to summarise. 

Now what?

Now you have a ten word statement of you key message you are ready to layout your song or add colour using sensory writing

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