Songwriting method

Songwriting is complex and a methodical approach can help you solve problems and complete songs

"I managed to finish a song in a day. That wouldn't have happened without this method."
Sarah
Musician

What is this recipe?

There are lots of ways to write a song but sometimes it really helps to have an approach that works reliably and helps you think things through methodically.

This recipe is a professional, structured songwriting method. It’s based on research into the methods successful writers use. The Songwriters Cookbook team have road tested it. Other songwriting recipes on this website are compatible and plug into this method. This isn’t the only way to write a song but it’s a way that delivers results in many cases.

Six steps to a song

1. Ideas, plans and lyrics

- Find great song ideas
- Explore topics your audience care about
- Say it in a new way
- Plan your song
- Collect the ingredients of success

2. First verse

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3. Pre-chorus

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4. Chorus

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5. Verse two

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6. Bridge

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