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Do You Write Lyrics On Paper Or On A Computer?


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  1. 1. Where do you write your lyrics?

    • Paper
      7
    • Computer
      17
    • Paper first, then computer
      10
    • Other
      7
    • I don't write lyrics down
      2


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I rank as 'other' here as my category doesn't exist :(

 

Depends, sometimes I'm out and paper, sometimes I'm out and recorder, sometimes I'm out (or in) and phone/tablet, when in PC.

 

So I use everything that's at my disposal :)

 

What do you do?

 

PS - would be good to know of those on the pc, what app do they use? A text editor (simple), MS Word or a specific songwriting app? Or other?

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I used to write everything down in my songwriting notebooks and then revise and erase as I went along.  Now I tend to write on a Notepad document and once I feel a song is almost finished I then transfer into my songwriting notebook in pencil.  My songwriting notebooks are now where the 'finished products' end up!

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If I'm away from home I will scribble down a line or two  if I get any sudden inspiration but It's very rare that this happens  ;)

 

More often than not I will type documents at the computer listening to the music I am sent over and over to try to find the right words. I always wear headphones otherwise this would drive my family round the bend  :) 

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My writing process has changed over time. 

 

When I started personal computers did not exist. I wrote directly into notebooks which I would then mine for ideas. I have 27 notebooks from those days and still go through them now and then to see if any sparks fly.

 

I got my first computer in 1984. A Kaypro II for you vintage computer buffs. At that time I would usually start a lyric on paper and finish it on the computer. Although some were written entirely on one medium or the other.

 

As time went on and computers got better I tended to write more and more on a computer. There were times, however, when inspiration struck that I found myself resorting to the backs of envelopes, napkins, and any stray scrap of paper I could find.

 

Currently I'm using an Alphasmart Neo (a basic word processing keyboard). I then upload the result to my computer.

 

Later,

Stan 

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I always keep a note-pad and a pen in my pocket, because I've learned that "inspiration has no memory."  However, I immediately transcribe those snippets of text to a word-processor document.  And, I transcribe those snippets of musical-score to MuseScore files.

 

Every "moment of inspiration" is pure and therefore precious.  I want to be sure that every "inspiration" gets captured.  ("Grab it, admire it, stick a pin through it, and shove it onto the board.")

 

However, once that moment has "been captured," it is then that the real work begins.  The digital computer is my indispensible tool at that point:  TextEdit, MuseScore, Logic-Pro-X.  

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