Songwriting Tools - Books / Brainstorming / Dictionaries / Rhyming

Songwriting Tools -  Books / Brainstorming / Dictionaries / Rhyming

In our recommended "Writing Better Lyrics" by Pat Pattison, some great techniques are explained regarding the use of the following type of reference books. These uses include Brainstorming, Metaphor Hunting, Rhyme Searching and many more. I prefer to think of them as "song/writing tools" for using to multiply your idea options immensely.

 

 

 

 

 

Brainstorming Books / Tools / Dictionaries / Rhyming

  Oxford English Dictionary width=70 height=90

 

 
 
Get multiple choices and options related to one word. This is a very comprehensive and clear thesaurus.

 

  Oxford English Dictionary width=58 height=90

 
 
 
A huge listing of invaluable words and ideas to power your creative writing. Well organized, and an industry standard. Using a dictionary and thesaurus regularly will inspire your choices and build up your command of words for whatever style of writing you use.
Buy Chambers English Thesaurus at Amazon

 Rhyming English Dictionary width=59 height=90

 

 
 
I use the following gud'un with a few questionable examples thrown in for good measure ;-). This genuine Penguin's a bargain for the noggin! A rhyme fountain, a words mountain...a grinning, winning, Rumplestiltskinning,...ok ok we get the picture! :-)
Buy The Penguin Rhyming Dictionary at Amazon

 Rhyming Dictionary width=57 height=90

 

This is an excellent book, if for a rhyme your stuck! Ouch :-)

Buy Chambers Rhyming Dictionary  at Amazon

For some free online dictionaries/thesaurus' try these two great resources:

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