Download Your Free Songwriting Handbook Now: Earn Your Songwriting Degree Online with Berklee: You want to write lyrics that convey what you’re feeling, but it feels like every line you write already has a home in somebody else’s song. In this video, songwriter and Berklee Online course author Andrea Stolpe shares a tip for writing about your emotions without feeling like you’re recycling worn out clichés: Write through a lens! What that means is to think about an object that you feel a kinship with when you feel this emotion, and do some sensory writing. Then plug in some of the more colorful words from your sensory writing into your lyrics, and they’ll immediately be more “showing” lyrics than “telling” lyrics. Watch all the videos in this series: How to Write a Song: Use Imagery and Small Moments: How to Write a Song: Verses Carry the Story, Chorus Carries the Message: How to Write a Song: Tips to Generate Imagery for Lyrics: How to Write a Song: Focus on Weight and Pace of Moments: How to Write a Song: Use Melody to Build Your Verse Lyrics: How to Write a Song: Use Toggling in Your Lyrics: How to Write a Song: Imagery Tips for the Second Verse: How to Write a Song: 5 Polishing Techniques for Lyrics: About Andrea Stolpe: Andrea Stolpe is a multiplatinum songwriter, performing artist, and educator. Her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Jimmy Wayne, and more. She has worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing. Her books, Popular Songwriting: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling and Beginning Songwriting: Writing Your Own Lyrics, Melodies, and Chords detail a unique process for uniting your artistic voice with the commercial market. Andrea has taught melody, harmony, and lyric writing courses for Berklee Online for more than a decade. She authored the Berklee Online course Commercial Songwriting Techniques, which she teaches. She also teaches Lyric Writing: Writing from the Title, and Lyric Writing: Writing Lyrics to Music for Berklee Online. About Berklee Online: Berklee Online is the continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, delivering online access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum from anywhere in the world, offering online courses, certificate programs, and degree programs. Contact an Academic Advisor today: 1-866-BERKLEE (US) 1-617-747-2146 (international callers) [email protected] Andrea Stolpe | Songwriting Tips | Free Songwriting Lesson | Online Songwriting Lesson | Songwriting Tutorial | American Songwriter | I Create Music | Berklee | Berklee Online | Berklee College of Music