Need to Write a Song? Here’s How!

2 min readMay 8, 2021


From personal experience, I know that song writing sounds easy at first. Just come up with a melody and slap some lyrics onto it! But then you start actually writing the lyrics and can’t help but cringe every time you read over them, and then you realize you need a beat, AND THEN you discover you need to figure out the different parts of the melody….and on top of all that…you need the programs to put everything together…

BUT I GOTCHU! I’ve been there, I’ve done that. Reading your own lyrics will never make you feel at ease, but there are ways to make it better :D

First, here are some free programs that might be useful on your song writing journey:

Waveform Free — digital audio workstation
Studio One Prime — audio recording software
Audacity — audio editor
Surge — synthesizer
TX16Wx Software Sampler — sampler
TDR Nova — equalizer
DC1A — compressor
Limiter No6 — limiter
OrilRiver — reverb
MFreeFXBundle — effects bundle

Next, here are some steps on how you can start if you’re really lost. I’ll go into detail on each part later.

  1. Title: This can help you stay focused on the topic / theme of the song that you decide to choose as you’re writing it. If you’re one to save the title for last, that’s all good too! There’s no right or wrong when it comes to writing a song…well mostly :)
  2. Different meanings behind the title:
    Come up with a few different associations with the title. This will can help you decide what you might want your song to be about.
  3. Song Structure: There are many variations of song structures that you can use, or you can come up with your own, but here’s the most common structure!
    Intro / verse / chorus / verse / chorus / bridge / chorus / outro

You can also add a pre-chorus as a lead up to the chorus if you’d like.