As a progressing lyricist, you may want to solicit opinions about your songs. Criticism can be very helpful when trying to "write up". Especially if you intend to stay in the writing business. You will need to understand that there are different styles of critiques along with and including appropriate responses and behavior from you the songwriter.
IMPORTANT: If you don't want to hear anything negative DO NOT ask someone to critique your song. Most lyrics have room for improvement and rewrites.
Okay here we go:
Styles of Critiques
There are different style to critiques, we will be talking about three of them. The others are negative and not worth going into detail.
Constructive or Positive Critiques
Each of these has a positive for the writer.
Comes from people with long standing experience in the music business. Major music publishers, A & R, and much recorded songwriters give these. An informed review takes a look at why your lyric/song work or falls short. They may go line by line telling you why it works or doesn't work. The feedback will have a feel for the tempo, length of song, even the approach to take with the demo.
This kind of review is one of the better ones, you can feel comfortable taking their advice.
This critique can be dangerous because this critique comes from your family and friends. It has no music industry information. These critiques can hurt you.
One positive outcome from a uniformed critique is that your friends and family know what they like. So, if a line sounds awkward or your told the line should have went left instead of right, you might want to give that remark some consideration.
Constructive or Positive Critique:
Can come from other songwriters, lyricists, representatives ofcritiquing services, publishers and artists. A positive critiques looks at the merit of the song, understanding style and what the writer is trying to get across to the listener. Then will give feedback on negatives and positives. What you can change or improve to make your song/lyric stronger. You may not get the answer to will this song work commercially. You will get a review to write a great song.
TIP: It's important to consider the source of the critique. Also remember you are not obligated to use the information on your lyric.
Bottom line on critiques: If you are a serious writer and desire to write for other people you should have someone look at your work. Fresh eyes see new ideas and problems.
Here are a few FREE Forums that provide lyric critiques:
Appropriate Behavior During Writing Critiques
This is a sensitive subject, writers are emotionally attached to their work. As they should be!
During a critique professionalism MUST be a writers goal.
1. Say thank you, very important! Even if you are paying for it.
2. Do not argue why you wrote your song the way you did.
3. In fact, do not explain unless you are asked to explain your song.The saying goes if you have to explain your lyrics you missed the mark. After all you just told a 3 minute story, they should be able to understand.
4. Do not get angry.
5. Try not to let your feelings get hurt. This one is tough. You must develop thick skin to be in this business. Realize everyone of us has been in your seat. We all have to learn control during a writing critique.
6. This is worth repeating, say thank you. (even if you hate the review)
As you write and improve you will climb the critique chain. Your first critics are your family and friends. They are going to love your work no matter what. (just saying) Your second critique will be constructive from me and others like me. You will notice that you are starting to write better, get more involved, ask more questions, take chances and risks with your writing. You will also get comfortable with rewriting, Thirdly, the industry in Nashville, New York, California will be critiquing your writing and songs. When you get there you are closing in .