How Can You Benefit From Online Creative Writing?

If you are looking for a convenient way to greatly improve your writing skills, online creative writing can be your easy way and this can be done even on your free time. What you will need is only the real preparations needed and also what you have to do. You will also need to have the ability to follow instructions to the letter and the ability to accept criticism if this is done. This will be your way to improve on your skills effectively.

Resources to Have for Online Creative Writing

For your plan to have for your online creative writing objectives you can have several resources to do this. The internet is a wide source of resources and you can search for links in the web. You can even choose on the creative writing style and what topics you want to write. What is important is that you will keep on doing this and following on the cliche that “practice makes perfect”. A blog is what you need to have and keep on posting blogs so that you will be the efficient and quality writer in the future.

Getting an online writing course can also be your way on getting improvements on your online creative writing skills. This online course can be the courses you can finish in just days or you may choose on the college course which can be longer. The college course will also need higher budget but if you can afford it, why not take the higher course. The college course can open doors and wide opportunities for you, but this is also not a guarantee. Your writing skills will be the “fall back position” so you need to improve on this.

Online Creative Writing Can Be a Source of Income

If you have no idea that online creative writing can be a steady source of income, it really is. The internet can be this source which you can use. There are websites where amateur writers can have their chances to show their writing skills. If you can link with these sites you will have good chances of earning money. Although the pay for each article done may not be that high but you will also gain experience. After a time and you are already the prolific and good writer you will also have the chances to earn good money. Being already the skilled and efficient writer you can apply with those websites who are looking for the efficient writers for their marketing objectives.

If you are really that resourceful, you can find websites in the internet that will accept writers that are skilled. If you will do a search on Amazon Kindle you will know that they will accept electronic books provided that these are the really original ones and not those that you had writing rights or reworked electronic books. The pay may not be big at first but in the later time and after several original books submitted you will have increased your earnings. Just keep on writing and you will have improvements on your skills while also earning money.

With your writing skills vastly improved you can try online creative writing with web companies and you may just be accepted. Marketing companies in the web usually have a need for creative writers because they need a steady source of articles for their web marketing objectives. What you just need is to follow their instructions and you might just get successful. If what you get at first is only small pay don’t get frustrated because when these companies already have a good appreciation on the creative writing you do, you might just get an increase in the future.

Songwriters – Do You Want to Write Lyrics That Easily Fit Into A Catchy Melody?

Being music-minded when you’re writing lyrics can prevent them from sounding wordy. Wordy lyrics can negatively affect your melody. For that reason, I want to address how you can write lyrics that can easily being sung in a melody.

The Spoken Rhythm

The rhythm of a line happens as a result of a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables within a phrase. I’ll indicate the unstressed syllables with “ba” and the stressed syllables with “BUM.” For example, the phrase “Lonely and waiting” has this rhythm: BUM ba ba BUM ba. Hear that? The syllables “Lone-” and “Wait-” are stressed in their respective words, while “-ly,” and “-ing” are unstressed in those same words. The word “and” is also unstressed. If you say the phrase out loud, you’ll hear it. The accented syllables are longer, louder and have a higher pitch. That’s what makes them stressed. The combination of stressed and unstressed syllables in the phrase “Lonely and waiting” (or in any phrase) create its natural sonic shape.

If you need to figure out the stresses in a word with more than one syllable, you can usually hear them by sounding them out. For a word with two or more syllables, like “lonely” it’s usually best to listen for the accented syllable, and assume the remainder of the syllables are unaccented.

However, if you need help with this, you can always check a dictionary. It defines which syllables are stressed and which aren’t when you look up a word with more than one syllable. For example, when I look up the word “loving,” I’m presented with this pronunciation: luhv-ing. The stressed syllable is given in bold.

Single syllable words aren’t as easy. Some of them are stressed and some are not. Again, it’s best to listen to them within a phrase to determine which are accented and which aren’t, but if you get stuck you can reference this rule of thumb: Assume single syllable nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are stressed. In other words, words that carry meaning are accented. Other words are not. You won’t find the answer in a dictionary for single syllable words

Writing in Rhythms

As you know, music has a rhythm to it. A lot of times the words and phrases we speak aren’t very rhythmic. But since you know that your music will have a rhythm, you can write your lyrics to a rhythm, even if you don’t have any music yet. If you take this approach, you’ll know that what you’re writing will more easily fit into a song.

Let’s look at an example. Let’s say I write two lines of lyric that say this:

Looking out into the sky

The night is so beautiful

If I write those lines out into their rhythmic patterns, I’d end up with this:

LOOK-ing OUT IN-to the SKY

This NIGHT is so BEAU-ti-ful

I highlighting the stressed syllables in bold. We could also take the words out and isolate the patterns:

BUM ba BUM BUM ba ba BUM

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

The first line doesn’t really have a consistent rhythm. It has a strong stress, then a weak stress, then two of each before ending on a strong stress. The second line is better and more organized rhythmically (by having two weak stresses between each strong stress), but it doesn’t match the first line. That’s not a requirement, but it tends to make things easier, depending on how your melody will go.

So things might get a little chaotic when we start to put these lines to music, because their rhythms are random. What if instead we started with a rhythmic pattern, and then matched our words to that pattern. Writing out your stresses first lends itself well to writing catchy melodic motifs.

The rhythm of the second line was pretty good, so let’s stick with that and use it twice. Let’s say we want our lyrics and melody to have this rhythm:

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

You can see that looks better already. Now we just have to find words that fit that pattern. We know the second line from our previous example worked, so we’ll keep that. Since we want to stay with the same lyrical idea, we can try a second line that’s something like this:

The sky is so magical

Which rhythmically works out to be:

The SKY is so MAG-i-cal, or

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

Now we have two lines with a good, consistent rhythm that match each other. So we shouldn’t have much of a problem fitting these words to music:

The sky is so magical

The night is so beautiful, or

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

You can hear the consistency in these lyrics, just by speaking them aloud. They have a good rhythm and their rhythm is the same from line to line, which will make it pretty easy to put them to a melody.

Last Note

This is an approach you can take whether you have a melody and you want to match your words to the music, or if you’re writing lyrics first, and you want them to be written rhythmically before you even develop your melodies. Either way, this approach will help you organize the stresses of your words to be more rhythmic, and lend themselves to being placed in music. It may be a little trickier to find the right lyrical phrases you’re looking for, but your melodies will drastically benefit from this.

Songwriters – Do You Want to Write Lyrics That Easily Fit Into A Catchy Melody?

Being music-minded when you’re writing lyrics can prevent them from sounding wordy. Wordy lyrics can negatively affect your melody. For that reason, I want to address how you can write lyrics that can easily being sung in a melody.

The Spoken Rhythm

The rhythm of a line happens as a result of a pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables within a phrase. I’ll indicate the unstressed syllables with “ba” and the stressed syllables with “BUM.” For example, the phrase “Lonely and waiting” has this rhythm: BUM ba ba BUM ba. Hear that? The syllables “Lone-” and “Wait-” are stressed in their respective words, while “-ly,” and “-ing” are unstressed in those same words. The word “and” is also unstressed. If you say the phrase out loud, you’ll hear it. The accented syllables are longer, louder and have a higher pitch. That’s what makes them stressed. The combination of stressed and unstressed syllables in the phrase “Lonely and waiting” (or in any phrase) create its natural sonic shape.

If you need to figure out the stresses in a word with more than one syllable, you can usually hear them by sounding them out. For a word with two or more syllables, like “lonely” it’s usually best to listen for the accented syllable, and assume the remainder of the syllables are unaccented.

However, if you need help with this, you can always check a dictionary. It defines which syllables are stressed and which aren’t when you look up a word with more than one syllable. For example, when I look up the word “loving,” I’m presented with this pronunciation: luhv-ing. The stressed syllable is given in bold.

Single syllable words aren’t as easy. Some of them are stressed and some are not. Again, it’s best to listen to them within a phrase to determine which are accented and which aren’t, but if you get stuck you can reference this rule of thumb: Assume single syllable nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are stressed. In other words, words that carry meaning are accented. Other words are not. You won’t find the answer in a dictionary for single syllable words

Writing in Rhythms

As you know, music has a rhythm to it. A lot of times the words and phrases we speak aren’t very rhythmic. But since you know that your music will have a rhythm, you can write your lyrics to a rhythm, even if you don’t have any music yet. If you take this approach, you’ll know that what you’re writing will more easily fit into a song.

Let’s look at an example. Let’s say I write two lines of lyric that say this:

Looking out into the sky

The night is so beautiful

If I write those lines out into their rhythmic patterns, I’d end up with this:

LOOK-ing OUT IN-to the SKY

This NIGHT is so BEAU-ti-ful

I highlighting the stressed syllables in bold. We could also take the words out and isolate the patterns:

BUM ba BUM BUM ba ba BUM

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

The first line doesn’t really have a consistent rhythm. It has a strong stress, then a weak stress, then two of each before ending on a strong stress. The second line is better and more organized rhythmically (by having two weak stresses between each strong stress), but it doesn’t match the first line. That’s not a requirement, but it tends to make things easier, depending on how your melody will go.

So things might get a little chaotic when we start to put these lines to music, because their rhythms are random. What if instead we started with a rhythmic pattern, and then matched our words to that pattern. Writing out your stresses first lends itself well to writing catchy melodic motifs.

The rhythm of the second line was pretty good, so let’s stick with that and use it twice. Let’s say we want our lyrics and melody to have this rhythm:

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

You can see that looks better already. Now we just have to find words that fit that pattern. We know the second line from our previous example worked, so we’ll keep that. Since we want to stay with the same lyrical idea, we can try a second line that’s something like this:

The sky is so magical

Which rhythmically works out to be:

The SKY is so MAG-i-cal, or

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

Now we have two lines with a good, consistent rhythm that match each other. So we shouldn’t have much of a problem fitting these words to music:

The sky is so magical

The night is so beautiful, or

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

ba BUM ba ba BUM ba ba

You can hear the consistency in these lyrics, just by speaking them aloud. They have a good rhythm and their rhythm is the same from line to line, which will make it pretty easy to put them to a melody.

Last Note

This is an approach you can take whether you have a melody and you want to match your words to the music, or if you’re writing lyrics first, and you want them to be written rhythmically before you even develop your melodies. Either way, this approach will help you organize the stresses of your words to be more rhythmic, and lend themselves to being placed in music. It may be a little trickier to find the right lyrical phrases you’re looking for, but your melodies will drastically benefit from this.