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You’ve discovered The Lyric Writer’s Workroom (formerly known as Song Written), est. 2009. My name’s Nicholas.

If you find it hard to write lyrics and finish songs, you’re not alone. Learning how to write a lyric is just as technical and challenging as learning a musical instrument from scratch — and teachers of lyric writing are hard to come by.

I hope The Lyric Writer’s Workroom will help you write songs you can be proud of. Here you’ll find plenty of articles to take you deeper into the craft and write songs that give your listeners chills.

Along the way we’ll learn not only from present-day music; we’ll also dig deep into the traditions of poetic technique and music theory that too many authors of songwriting books seem to overlook.

Thanks for reading The Lyric Writer’s Workroom. I hope you find something here that inspires you, and helps you write a song that you can be proud of.


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About Nicholas

Hi, I’m Nick.

I started The Lyric Writer’s Workroom back in 2009 as a place to think out loud about the craft of songwriting. By then I’d already studied fiction and poetry for a decade, and I’d been making music for 8 years.

I’ve been an occasional researcher and writer at Songfacts since 2010, and I’ve contributed dozens of popular articles to Guitar-Muse.

Over the past few years, I’ve been lucky to have people say some nice things about song written:

  • In July of 2012, CDBaby’s D.I.Y. Musician blog named me one of their top 100 Must-Follow Music Resources on Twitter.
  • In 2012 I made a cameo in the book Songwriting Without Boundaries, written by legendary songwriting teacher Pat Pattison at Berklee College of Music and published by Writer’s Digest Press.
  • Songwriting author and Taxi veteran Robin Frederick tweeted links to song written posts way back in 2010, when this site was just knee-high to a grasshopper. Thank you, Robin.
  • In June 2013, HuffPost Live invited me on as a guest to help interview legendary songwriter Diane Warren.

This website is about your songwriting, not about mine. My main ambition is to write some well-crafted songs and to teach technique to readers like you. But if you’re curious, you can find a few samples of my own lyrics and music here.