Great composers use these ten practical tips when composing new music and lyrics. Compose a catchy tune. Build your song around a riff. Write a song that you can play live.
Step away from your instrument to write. Although he lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival liked to write songs about the deep South and, in particular, about the swamp. Whether you write the lyrics first, collaborate with other writers, or create lyrics that suit your music, your goal is to find the perfect combination that somehow expresses the theme of the song, conveys the right mood, and drives and inspires you (and your audience) to want to listen to it. Many composers say that the talent for writing songs is a special gift, whether you have it or not.
If you do both, you can write them at the same time you write the music, or focus on each one individually.