If you're ever having trouble writing, I find this tool extremely useful. Sometimes I have extreme brain farts and can't think of rhyming words, so I use this site. Very helpful, and it's a great learning tool as well, to help expand your vocabulary. It's a win win!
Hmmm. Off-the-shelf, blister packaged and occasionally on Blue Light Special. C'mon writers, don't let me down here. Try structural ploys that contain rhymes that are there but not necessarily stamped at the end of each second line. Don't rhyme. It isn't necessary 100% of the time. The listener isn't going to brain-check you if you don't follow the Singer Easy Sewing Method of stitching together songs from happy little patterns. Lean on crutches long enough and they'll be your best fans. Stop, think, change it up, put it away, let it come on its own and write from feelings, not books. Mama Inspiration doesn't accept invitations, visits when she's a mind to, and most times leaves before the party is over. But, she's still the finest lady I've ever occasioned to meet.
I personally like rhymes in either poetry or songs. I like the way it flows and sounds. Obviously it doesn't have to be every line if you don't want it to be. But that's just my personal preference. I find rhyming to be more challenging than just writing out phrases. Everyone can rhyme, but few can do it well, is my opinion. And it's not like your rhyme scheme has to be ABAB CDCD and so on. You can make more difficult patterns of rhyming in songs. Rappers do it all the time. It's like an intricate web of creative fusion, lol.
And well, I can write from "feelings" all I want, but if you don't have an extensive vocabulary you are more at a disadvantage. There have been numerous times, where I looked in a thesaurus and found perfect fitting words to sentences that I never would have known existed had I not looked in a book. Once you know a word, it usually sticks in your brain for future use. It's all about the learning and expanding your horizons.
Last Edit: Mar 15, 2011 0:02:18 GMT -5 by foxglove
Post by lessonsthatrock on Apr 1, 2011 10:48:06 GMT -5
Hmmm. Now if I could oly find something that rhymes with orange.....
In all honesty, I just discovered about 2 days ago that your accent actually affects what words rhyme. Thus, if 2 people speak English, but if they have vastly different accents, they might put different words together that most of us would think never rhyme. I learned that by listening to Die Antwoord.
Don't forget your audience when looking for an expanded vocabulary. You could expand away from them. Kitchen language is all you need and to keep that creative you need to look more at structure than words. Also, don't get hung up on your "darlings" (great lines or phrasings you wrote, love and strive to build a song around) because they can, to quote another writer I'm acquainted with, sabotage your efforts. Don't be defeated if you have to lose them to move forward.
"I will ever be the effigy Of the man I wish you could know."
Lines from a song I wrote. While it got decent reviews (both obligatory and honest) a few people asked what "effigy" meant. Now, I would have looked the word up (self-respect thing) rather than come right out on a public forum and ask. This is evidence that the audience, at large, is comfortable with keeping things familiar even to the point of exhibiting publicly that they prefer it, in their own ways. So you have to write for them. That means using kitchen language.
Last Edit: Apr 3, 2011 21:36:20 GMT -5 by melodeous