Rhymezone is the ultimate online word finder and in this step I’ll show you how to take full advantage of Rhymezone to spark new words and lines for your songwriting. With practice, this tip will enable you to break free from writer’s block forever!
We’ll use Rhymezone to help create a songwriting worksheet, much like the one we started in Step 1- Song Title. In fact, for this exercise we’ll continue with the same word list from Step 1 for the sex/lust song theme I titled “I’ve Never Been So High.”
It’s important to come up with as many words as possible on your own, without Rhymezone’s help throughout the following process. This method is meant to enhance your songwriting, not substitute your own natural creativity.
Remember, I picked the following words in Step 1 to fit “I’ve Never Been So High.”
1. Now I’ll click on the Rhymezone website , and in the “Word” box on the top left side, I’ll type in a word that describes this song. “Want” is the first word I thought of. I type it in and choose “Find related words” in the box on the right, then click “Go get it!” Looking at the words I’ll choose the ones I think will relate to my theme.
The words “desire, necessity, cry, feel, thirst, fill, very, and satisfy caught my eye as possible words to use. Now I’ll add them to my list under the correct word category. I’ll repeat this Rhymezone process a few more times for more related words.
At this point I should have a pretty good specific idea of what my song will be about. You should always be able to describe what your song is about in one sentence. Your songwriting process also becomes easier if you do.
For this song I’m thinking it’ll be about the singer telling their lover they’re love is the only drug they need.
2. Next, I’ll use Rhymezone to pick words to rhyme with, and I’ll keep building my list.
So I’ll type in the word feel in the Rhymezone “Word” box, I choose “Find rhymes” in the box on the right, and I click “Go get it”. Now I’ll pick out words that catch my attention as possibly being related to this song, and I’ll add these to my list. I’ll repeat this songwriting process with other words in Rhymezone.
3. I’ll repeat this songwriting process with Rhymezone until I can build an interesting list of words that take up at least half a page with 3 columns of categories (verbs, nouns, other words). ****Note – you can type in as many words as you want in Rhymezone and click Find related word or Find rhymes until you’re satisfied with your list. These are the words I’ve chosen for my list with the help of Rhymezone:
4. Here, I’ll mix and match words from column to column in any direction as many times as I’d like to. This will generate original songwriting ideas and lines I never would have thought of on my own.
get what I need
feels like a drug
one night inside your skin
I’m wasted with desire
if I overdose on your love
take me on a trip
use my high for your own thirst
Notice how I have to add words of my own on some phrases to put them together:
• for “get what I need” I added the word “get”
• for “feels like a drug” I added “like a”
That’s it! This simple Rhymezone worksheet can also be created “old school style” with a rhyming dictionary and a good thesaurus.
to add excitement and contrast.
Mini Rhyming Guide
When developing rhymes they don’t have to be perfect rhymes. That is, they don’t have to end on the same vowel and consonant. “False” rhymes are very much “in” right now in modern songwriting. Also, there are many different rhyming schemes you can use in your songwriting:
For example: (1) rhyming lines 1 and 2 in the verse, then rhyming lines 1 and 2 in the chorus (2) rhyming lines 2 and 4 in the verse, then rhyming lines1 and 2 in the chorus. The point is, use variation between sections in your rhyming scheme to add excitement and contrast.
The song “hook” is what makes the listener remember the song so they can come back for more. In songwriting, you can train your mind to develop hooks because you’ve been conditioned to hearing them all our life…………………………………………………..