It’s easy to get in to this situation: you start off with a clever verse that rhymes well, or is really unique, then you stop.
What do you do then?
They key to moving forward in your songwriting is your theme.
Whether it’s “I love you”, “I’m over you”, or “stop and smell the roses”, your theme should be clear throughout the song.
Sometimes people ask me for songwriting help, and I usually find that’s where writers get stuck.
They don’t know what the song is about.
When I am in that situation I ask myself, ‘what is the theme that’s emerging; where I am going with this idea?
From there, think of possible outcomes— there may be more than one.
The chorus should nail that idea you come up with; it should emphasize the theme.
Second verses can be tricky, there are so many avenues to take, but as long as you remember your theme, you should be on your way.
Everything comes back to that chorus, that theme, and makes perfect sense!