9 Songwriting Books You Should Read

Written by: Sarah Sparks | Troy University Music Industry Intern | Muscle Shoals Song Rooms Intern 2020

September 24, 2020

As creative types, one of the best things we can do to strengthen our craft and find inspiration is read and research. Implementing tried and true tips from people who have done the work for us is a great way to enhance our skills as songwriters and lyricists. You shouldn’t have to start from scratch – learn from others’ experiences!

I’ve come up with a list of songwriting books to check out on Amazon. The best thing about this list is that all these books are budget friendly – $10 or less! 

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way is a self-help book focusing on tapping into your own creativity and centering yourself to find your greatest potential. Author Julia Cameron is a teacher, artist, composer, and journalist who has written many works including plays, musicals, and short stories.

The Addiction Formula – Friedmann Findeisen

The Addiction Formula gives over 300 songwriting techniques and examples, taking the guesswork out of what makes a hit song. Author Friedmann Findeisen is a songwriter, film composer, publisher, and producer.

How to Write One Song – Jeff Tweedy

How to Write One Song highlights the magic that happens when lyrics and music fit cohesively to create a one of a kind song. Author Jeff Tweedy is the singer and guitarist for Wilco as well as a producer and songwriter. 

Music Production Mastery (Two Book Bundle) – Tommy Swindali

Music Production and Music Elements are the two titles included in this bundle, and they cover music production in simple terms and turning your songs into an emotional journey. Author Tommy Swindali is an international DJ and producer featured on Beatport and BBC Radio 1.

Songwriting – Tommy Swindali

Tommy Swindali shares more tips for success as well as practical details on royalties, piracy, and copyrights in his book Songwriting

Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting Level One – Robin Frederick

Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting is an introduction to popular lyrical themes, common chord progressions used in hit songs, and many more tips for hit songwriting. Author Robin Frederick is a songwriter, producer, and former Director of A&R for Rhino Records.

The 30-Minute Songwriter – Robin Frederick

Robin Frederick gives tips on setting aside 30 minutes a day to start, develop, polish, and pitch your songs in The 30-Minute Songwriter.

The 30-Day Lyric Writing Challenge – Ed Bell

The 30-Day Lyric Writing Challenge is a bootcamp style book designed to strengthen your lyric-writing skills in just ten minutes a day. Author Ed Bell is an entrepreneur and songwriter who works in theatre and film. 

How to Write Great Lyrics – John G Potts

How to Write Great Lyrics is for lyricists of all skill levels and focuses on many aspects including lyrical themes, poetic construction, and overcoming writer’s block. Author John G Potts is a songwriter and multi-instrument musician.

I hope that these budget friendly titles will give you insight on how to strengthen your craft and unleash your potential as a songwriter. Happy writing!