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LYRIC WRITING TIPS: 40 Most Common Lyric Writing Mistakes Revealed in New Songwriting Tips Book, “How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!”

August 24, 2016

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A new book titled “How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics! – 40 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics For Your Songs” aims to help aspiring songwriters steer clear of the many traps they can easily fall into when writing lyrics for their songs.

Written by experienced music publisher and music consultant Brian Oliver, the book takes a close look at the essential lyrical elements that are consistently found in the structure of all hit songs.

It highlights the most common errors that are made when these key components are built into a song, and shows writers who are just starting out how to avoid such mistakes in their own lyrics.

This new book is the follow-up to Brian Oliver’s five-star rated title: “How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success”.

Written in an easy, non-technical style, “How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!” identifies many frequent causes of lyrical shortcomings—from common mistakes in the basic construction of song lyrics … to making flawed choices with titles, opening lines, lyrical hooks, verb selection, rhyming patterns, and more.

The book also highlights other causes of lyric writing problems—such as having the wrong mental attitude, not paying enough attention to ‘creative preparation’, and not taking steps to avoid writer’s block.

“How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics!” includes important tips on fixing and strengthening lyrics, along with a comprehensive checklist of more than 100 potential hazards that writers can measure their own lyrics against—no matter how ‘finished’ they think their songs are.

Most songwriters have, at some stage, had to endure the disappointment of having their songs rejected and ended up asking: “Could I have done more to make my songs better?”. This book aims to help writers recognise weaknesses in their lyrics, so that they can re-work them, make them stronger, and hopefully achieve the breakthrough they’re striving for.

The book’s author Brian Oliver—who has worked with legendary songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond and Gilbert O’Sullivan—warns that aspiring writers’ chances of success could be hampered if they fail to spend enough time polishing and editing their lyrics and eradicating weaknesses.

Says Oliver: “When a new lyric idea suddenly hits you – and everything comes together so quickly that the song almost writes itself – it’s very easy to fall into the trap of rushing straight into a studio and recording a demo. You then confidently submit the song to a music company believing it’s the best thing you’ve ever written – only to suffer the agony of having the song rejected.

“Sometimes it’s better just to slow down, take a step back, and re-examine each element of your new lyrics,” he says. “If you don’t spend a little more time polishing your lyrics, there is a danger that they may still contain weaknesses that you failed to spot first time around.”

“How [Not] To Write Great Lyrics! – 40 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Lyrics For Your Songs” is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other good book stores as a paperback, or as an eBook from Amazon’s Kindle Store, Apple’s iTunes Book Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and Kobo Books.

You can read a FREE sample of the book HERE (USA) and HERE (UK).

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New songwriting tips book warns new songwriters not to think writing songs is an easy way to get rich quick

May 16, 2013

A new songwriting tips book titled “How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is warning aspiring songwriters that they must be prepared to put in hundreds of hours of hard work if they want to achieve success with their songs.

The book’s researchers found that songwriters who are just starting out often fail to understand that the craft of songwriting requires an exceptional level of self-motivation, self-belief and hard work, as well as talent.

Anyone who believes songwriting is an easy way to get rich quick should think again, the book warns.

“One of the biggest mistakes talented new songwriters make is to expect something to happen with every song they write, and they get disillusioned and give up when it doesn’t happen,” says the book’s author Brian Oliver, an experienced music publisher and music consultant. He has worked with legendary songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond, Chip Taylor and Gilbert O’Sullivan.

Oliver adds: “It’s important for new writers to recognize that each song they write is just a stepping-stone to the next one. It’s all part of an important learning process that gradually takes them closer to finding their own ‘voice’ and their own distinctive writing style.”

He says: “We’ve all heard about songwriters who finished a song in the time it takes to boil an egg and it went on to earn a fortune. Leiber & Stoller wrote ‘Hound Dog’ in 12 minutes and Lady Gaga wrote her first single ‘Just Dance’ in 10 minutes. But the truly great songwriters just make it look easy. In reality, they put in hundreds of hours of hard work to hone their talent.

“Young, aspiring songwriters have to do the same.”

How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” sets out to help new songwriters and lyricists develop their own unique writing style while avoiding fundamental errors at each stage in the song development process.

How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is available from Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts&Entertainment/Music).

Written in an easy, non-technical style, the book examines the essential elements that are consistently found in the structure, melodies and lyrics of all hit songs. It highlights the most common errors that are made when these key components are built into a song, and shows new songwriters how to avoid such mistakes in their own songs.

The book also includes important tips on fixing and strengthening songs, along with a detailed checklist for writers to measure their own songs against – no matter how ‘finished’ they think their songs are.


How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success” is now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store for only US$7.22 or GB£4.78.

You can read a FREE sample of the book HERE (USA) and HERE (UK).

Also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts & Entertainment/Music).

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Most common songwriting mistakes revealed in new songwriting tips book: “How [Not] To Write A Hit Song!”

March 22, 2013

Book includes expert songwriting tips and advice on how to avoid the most serious songwriting errors that new songwriters tend to make…

A new songwriting tips book titled ‘How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success’ aims to help aspiring writers steer clear of the many songwriting traps that they can easily fall into.

Written by experienced music publisher and music consultant Brian Oliver, the book takes a close look at the essential elements that are consistently found in the structure, melodies and lyrics of all hit songs.

It highlights the most common errors that are made when these key components are built into a song, and shows writers who are just starting out how to avoid such mistakes in their own songs.

Written in an easy, non-technical style, the book identifies frequent causes of songwriting problems – from faults in basic song structure, to having the wrong mental attitude and an unsatisfactory writing environment. From getting the blend of core ingredients wrong, to flawed choices when it comes to titles, melodies, lyrics, hooks, choruses, intros, bridges, pre-choruses – and even the song demo itself.

Now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store and Apple’s iTunes Store, the book sets out to help songwriters and lyricists develop their own unique writing style while avoiding fundamental errors at each key stage in the song development process.

The book includes important tips on fixing and strengthening songs, along with a detailed checklist of 101 common mistakes that writers can measure their own songs against – no matter how ‘finished’ they think their songs are.

Most songwriters have, at some stage, had to endure the disappointment of having their songs rejected and ended up asking: “Could I have done more to make my songs better?”.

This book aims to help writers recognise weaknesses in their songs, so that they can re-work them, make them stronger, and hopefully achieve the breakthrough that they’re striving for.

The book’s author Brian Oliver – who has worked with legendary songwriters such as Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, Albert Hammond, Chip Taylor and Gilbert O’Sullivan – warns that new writers’ chances of success could be hampered if they fail to spend enough time examining their songs and eradicating weaknesses in their songwriting.

Says Oliver: “Someone once said ‘All great songs are unique, but all bad songs are the same’. It’s also true to say that all bad songs share common faults. That’s why this is more of a ‘How Not To’ book rather than just another ‘How To’ book on songwriting.”

Oliver adds: “When a new song idea suddenly hits you – and everything comes together so quickly that the song almost writes itself – it’s very easy to fall into the trap of rushing straight into a studio and recording a demo. You then confidently submit the song to a music company believing it’s the best thing you’ve ever written – only to suffer the agony of having the song rejected.

“Sometimes it’s better just to slow down, take a step back, and re-examine each element of your new song,” he says. “If you don’t spend a little more time polishing it, there is a danger that it may still contain weaknesses that you failed to spot first time around.”

How [Not] To Write A Hit Song! – 101 Common Mistakes To Avoid If You Want Songwriting Success’ is now available from Amazon’s Kindle Store for only US$7.22 or GB£4.78.

Read a FREE sample of the book HERE (USA) or HERE (UK and Europe).

Also available from Apple’s iTunes Store (Books/Arts & Entertainment/Music).

If you’re a songwriter, we also recommend this blog: The Hit Formula.

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