Resources and Tools
Every writer, whether they are writing poetry, lyrics or screen plays should have tools to help them.
I have a list of tools or resources to get you started.
Dictionary that includes slang words
Thesaurus or synonym finder
One book of popular quotes
Newspapers or magazines
Now, most of these items you can find online and don't have to purchase but sometimes its good to be able to thumb through in your hands. You have to decide what works best for you. I also discovered that alot of online dictionaries have a visual dictionary created. What a great idea!
If you want more help or tips with lyric writing check out our songwriting tips.
There are always new resources coming out, so if you don't see something that you have heard of or really like working with, please contact me so I can put it up.
NSAI recommended reading list
I will be listing the materials I have read and a little information about them.
The Craft of Lyric Writing
Author – Sheila Davis
I still use this book. This book is a bit clinical in my opinion but as you work through the material and examples you get a better understanding of songwriting.
I do recommend this book, its in my pile of rereads with little sticky notes as bookmarkers.
The Monkey Manual For Songwriters
This book is a great starter go to source. It lays down the beginner's nuts and bolts.
Karin and Bill take you through how to start a song to what you can expect in Nashville, TN.
I highly recommend this Monkey book…:) P.S. it even includes a CD with songs they are referencing.