How to Write a Song: Tips to Generate Imagery for Lyrics | Part 3/9 | Andrea Stolpe

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Focusing on your senses can help you understand how to incorporate more imagery in the lyrics of your songs. In this video, songwriter and Berklee Online course author Andrea Stolpe discusses how practicing sensory writing every day for five to ten minutes leads to self-discovery and keeps writer’s block at bay. Focus in on your senses as you write your lyrics—taste, touch, sight, sound, smell—and then try to incorporate movement, and awareness. She also discusses simple exercises like attaching a time to a location, and how that can serve as a jumping off point to conjure up more vivid imagery for your songs.

Watch all the videos in this series:
How to Write a Song: Use Imagery and Small Moments:
How to Write a Song: Verses Carry the Story, Chorus Carries the Message:
How to Write a Song: Focus on Weight and Pace of Moments:
How to Write a Song: Use Melody to Build Your Verse Lyrics:
How to Write a Song: Use Toggling in Your Lyrics:
How to Write a Song: Write Lyrics Through a Lens:
How to Write a Song: Imagery Tips for the Second Verse:
How to Write a Song: 5 Polishing Techniques for Lyrics:

About Andrea Stolpe:
Andrea Stolpe is a multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator. Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Jimmy Wayne, and more. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing. Her books, Popular Songwriting: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling and Beginning Songwriting: Writing Your Own Lyrics, Melodies, and Chords detail a unique process for uniting your artistic voice with the commercial market. Andrea has taught melody, harmony, and lyric writing courses for Berklee Online for more than a decade. She authored the Berklee Online course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, which she teaches. She also teaches Lyric Writing: Writing from the Title, and Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music for Berklee Online.

About Berklee Online:
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