Writing Techniques

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Writing Techniques

Storyboarding Technique

Storyboarding is how filmmakers plot their movies, shot-by-shot, with hand-drawn representations of the main elements of what they want to capture with the camera. This can work for songwriting, too. 

Draw simple illustrations or even just write post-it notes with brief descriptions of the action, then move them around on a board to help you plot your story. This is particularly helpful if your song features a strong narrative element.

Brainstorming

This is a technique that uses free association between you and your collaborator. Use language or imagery to connect up topics or themes. As usual, don’t judge or edit your ideas as you go, and instead develop a mind map of associations to draw out your favourite topics. Review them later to see if there are any ideas that will help to flesh out your story. 

This is a technique that uses free association between you and your collaborator. Use language or imagery to connect up topics or themes. As usual, don’t judge or edit your ideas as you go, and instead develop a mind map of associations to draw out your favourite topics. Review them later to see if there are any ideas that will help to flesh out your story. 

Grammatical Tense

Grammatical tenses in language can be complicated. The ‘tense’ refers to the form of verb used, which in turn refers to the time at which the statement has taken or is taking place. In English there are three main tenses: past, present, and future. It’s important to be clear which tenses you’re working with at any given time, and to not switch randomly between them — or it might cause confusion.