I’m always searching for online resources for writing. For those needing to find a perfect word, a soft rhyme or some inspiration to get started, here are a list of sites I use as my “go-tos” all the time.
Great research tool. Just put the word in the search field and click. Some of the search results will be useless crap, but there will be some great ones too. Again, when you want to explore a word or topic, just let the web crawlers do the work for you.
“B-Rhymes is a rhyming dictionary that’s not stuck up about what words may or may not rhyme. It gives you standard rhymes along with words that just sound good together, even if they don’t technically rhyme as well as regular rhymes.” (words from their own website)
This is the go to for pop conversational lyric writing—and not just for finding the rhyme. This is also a great jumpstart to your creativity. Just go down the list and let each word lead you into your imagination.
Also available as a free iPhone app.
This is a hilarious website. You may end up spending way too much time laughing at all the ridiculous words and definitions instead of writing, but if you’re looking for that special kind of word, it might be just the ticket. It’s a wiki dictionary made by the people. Stuff I have never heard before, such as… “Rosetta Stoned” , “Apple Year”, “brotox”, “glamping” and “fart apnea”. If you’re curious, check ’em out and be prepared to laugh your ass off.
4. Other Songwriters
The best way to learn about songwriting is to study the writers’ work that you love. For this there is an embarrassment of riches. Here are just a handful of the most studied writers out there.
5. Songwriting Sites for Learning
There are several which are great for this. These sites range from ones that require a large commitment of time per week (such as Berklee.com) to those with a more self-paced approach. Among them I like:
Pat Pattison and Andrea Stolpe are among the faculty. They are a fantastic resource and also have great books to learn by if you can’t afford the online course. Berklee Shares has a Free PDF on Basic Lyrical Elements.
You’re sure to find additional resources and tips from blogs. Look through posts and find the ones on lyric writing. A few of the ones where I’ve found informative information and helpful tips are:
Nothing is a substitution for starting with a blank slate and venturing into the world of your imagination. It’s the daily journey that every writer takes, and it’s the only way to improve the quality of your writing. Write often and consistently.
Hope this helps. What on-line sites do you use? Please share below. Happy writing.