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Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling Paperback – August 1, 2007
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I've found the method she suggests to be useful in my own songwriting. Keep in mind, I'm not famous and I haven't sold any songs, but I have read a lot of other songwriting books* and I found this useful.
The basis of the technique is to categorize your destination writing into external details and internal details. Using the maxim of show, don't tell, you generally want to structure your verses with a mix of external details, to ground the narrative, and then use some internal details to give the listener a sense of the inner life of the characters of the song. She use a few commercial songs in her analysis, among them "Breakaway" from Kelly Clarkson and "Why Georgia" from John Mayer.
*Of course, reading books about songwriting is not the same as just sitting at your desk every day and practicing your craft. I'd suggest that you find one or two books that work for you, but spend the majority of your time actually writing, as opposed to reading about writing!
I would recommend this book to any songwriter friends of mine. This is not just a beginners book, but one that even expereinced writers should read. It can only benefit your craft and propel your songs forward.