How to Write a Love Song

“Love songs last longer than lovers often do” or so does one popular love song line stated. I cannot say whether that statement is true or false. What I know for sure is that love songs can linger into music fans’ memories, period.

If you are quite envious of those songwriters who are able to make a strong impression or a kind of popularity that could last a lifetime, you have come to the right page. I will give you ideas, even a step-by-step guide on how to write a love song. I’m not talking about just any other love song but a love song that couples from all over the world could find attractive to use as their anthem.

Pick your Inspiration

The heart and soul of a love song? The melody and the lyrics. You have to think both through. Make sure they come out a perfect mix – pleasing to the ears and soothing to the soul.

Writing a love song takes some inspiration. It does not always follow, however, that you must be in love at the moment you are composing the song. What matters is that you have a good enough source of inspiration for blowing love lines here and there. Some knowledge about love, some experience about being in love, and a lot of insights how love happen are very important.

Yes, you guessed right. The lyrics are really very important. It has so much bearing as to how the final product comes out. You still have to think about the harmony, the melody, and the rhythm but you need to make serious preparations for writing the lyrics.

How to Write a Love Song with Feelings

Generally, you have got to make sense when writing lyrics for a song. This rule of thumb could not be stressed enough when you are writing for a love song specifically. You have to communicate feelings into words and as people hear your declarations, your words should kindle feelings in return.

Love songs are about feelings: Feelings that breed words and lyrics that generate feelings. Don’t worry, once you understand how a love song must be composed and how to write from the heart, you will be able to grasp this idea more effectively.

It is also an important thing to remember not to veer away from “love”. Love is not about anger or disappointment or dominance or hang-ups. When you write a love song, make sure this is clear to you.

How-to Guide

If your idea of what a love song is clear now, you can start writing your masterpiece using this simple step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Think about the one you love – how he/she is, how he/she makes you feel, and how it feels to be with him/her. Forget about harmony or melody or rhythm first. At the start, you simply have to focus on the one you love or the person you are writing the song for and about. Use not the mind but your heart. You will have the time to edit your work later. Very important: put your thoughts in black and white; write them in paper.

Step 2: Pick the key words. Key words are those words that capture your emotions, your feelings, your thoughts towards the one you love and that special moment between you two that you are writing about.

Step 3: This is the part where you are actually writing the lyrics. Using the key words and their appropriate substitutes, try to create rhymes. You can use a special tool that will help you hit upon words that sound good together. Then again, you do not always have to aim for rhymes. You can have lines that do not rhyme together but communicate your thought best. This is where your poetic talent and creativity in writing should come in.

Step 4: Create a beat in mind. Creating a melody could happen first but this could also come forth when the lyrics are already laid out. It depends on what sparks your inspiration the best way. Born songwriters develop a melody spontaneously. If you are not among the lucky ones, you can seek help from tools that will help you record the beats in your mind, play them over and over, so you can find sense out of them afterwards.

Step 5: Combine the lyrics with your melody. See how they work together. After some time, you have to let your mind to rest. Don’t work up yourself too much because that could cause you to burn bridges. Instead, let your ideas rest. When your mind is freshened up, listen to what you have come up. With a different perspective, you will be able to see what you did right, what you did wrong, and what else you can improve.

Writing a Love Song: 5 Secrets to Success

Now that you already have a framework of how you can come up with your own love song, I’d like to make sure you took everything to heart. So I prepared five top tips that you should keep in mind and in your heart if you want to be a success in this.

  1. Don’t be afraid about going crazy over your loved one and by writing your love song.
  2. Pour your heart out. A heartfelt song can only be created if the songwriter is able to put emotion into the lyrics and feelings into the melody.
  3. Make sure you sound better by editing your song – from the narrative of your lyrics to the melody mix. Listen to your recording over and over again. As you keep hearing what you have created, you will always find a way to perk it up.
  4. Practice. The more you do this, the more you will get the hang of it. You do not always have to expect that when you write, a love song will come of it. You can just practice your writing skills, your rhyming, your melody and afterwards, it will become much easier for you to come up with something that makes sense.
  5. Have fun.

It does not take an expert songwriter to write a love song. All that you really need is “heart”.

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  1. Kayla says:

    Thank you so much, this helped me a lot

    • Jennifer says:

      Awesome, I am very happy you liked it. The songwriting course really helped me and I recommend it to all my students.

  2. Hello World says:

    I haven’t tried it yet. I feel like this will help me. My song is about my boyfriend. I thought he wasn’t in love with me, it was my first time, i forgot about him. Im sorry and he wont forgive me

    • Jennifer says:

      That sounds like the perfect theme for a love song to me. You just have to get started. Let me know if you need help!

  3. Robert says:

    I think you have some great advice and tips here. Myself, I just decide what I want to write and write (Okay, not as simple sound). I simple find what kind of song (long song) I want to write, and then write what is expressive of that (express the truth of my subject matter). If I write a song about Romance & Commitment, I make sure I put those elements in the song (express the truths, feelings, & emotions therein such a relationship), doing the same for whatever the type of song. I also use a base of songs similar in expression and quality I want my song to be and take some of what I think work from those songs. If you want to write a great love song, take the time to listen to great love songs. It is easier to write a great song (love song), if you know what you want to write (express) and quality of song you want it to be.

    • Jennifer says:

      I think you should be careful not to stretch yourself too much. A love song can be simple and telling at the same time.

      From this comment, it sounds like you have material for several songs.

      I think you are absolutely right that you should listen to love songs for inspiration. Just be careful not to get too much inspiration so you start to sound like the songs you like. Find your own unique style, keep going and write that hit song!

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