Songwriter Skills… The Rule of Three

By Joe ThompsonSongwriting

Use this classic writers rule to achieve pop perfection. The rule of three is a well known principle among writers which states that everything is more humorous, satisfying, or effective when it involves three events or characters than any other number. Certainly this is borne out in well known story themes: the Three Little Pigs, … Read More

Songwriting Skills… Metaphors

By Joe ThompsonSongwriting

Supercharge your lyrical dexterity with glittering descriptions. Grammarly says “A metaphor is a figure of speech that describes an object or action in a way that isn’t literally true, but helps explain an idea or make a comparison.” Basically, a metaphor means using words to describe something in a non-literal way. For example: The clouds … Read More

How To Write A Pop Song… Song Plots

By Joe ThompsonSongwriting

Great songs engage the listener, take them on a journey, and reveal new and interesting details with each next section of the song. Think of your song like a mini film. You want to set the scene, explain the main character’s problem, show how they resolved it, and give interesting details about how they got … Read More

How To Write A Pop Song… The Chorus

By Joe ThompsonSongwriting

Often known as “the hook”, because it contains the most memorable combination of melody and lyrics which aim to get stuck in your listener’s ears, the chorus is arguably the most important part of any pop song. In modern pop music especially, this will be the peak moment of your song, both in terms of … Read More