Country style songs are pretty simple. All you need to do is sing about how you feel. If you are happy, sad, upset, nervous or even scared, write it down in one sentence but you must give it a melody. Then you will have a country song.
Step 1. Almost all country songs have a "hook," a phrase that is repeated several times in the song and is easy to remember, such as "Friends in Low Places."
The hook comes almost at the beginning in the song, but it is also in the chorus repeating itself several times. Hooks usually come in common expressions, such as the aforementioned "Friends in low places" or in apparent contradictions such as "This life is me." When you hear a common phrase, twist or twist it to see if you can form an interesting metaphor that makes sense. A recent example is a line from Tim McGraw that says "It's business to please you."
Step 2. Listen to some songs very carefully and notice their structure
Find the lyrics of the songs or write them yourself to help yourself familiarize yourself with the structure of these types of songs. You will begin to notice that the songs follow a pattern and you will learn to apply it to your compositions.
Step 3. Start with simple chords and write the lyrics of your song based on your melody
If you don't know how to play an instrument and you don't have a musical background, you should probably find someone who can help you and collaborate with you. Words that look good on paper don't always fit well into the structure of a song and need some tweaking with the music for the lyrics to work perfectly.
Step 4. Most country songs follow simple instructions like “don't be afraid of harmonic structure”; Some of the best country songs break the rules but keep in mind that simplicity is the hallmark of quality and strength of the best country songs
Most songs follow the verse-verse-chorus-verse-bridge-chorus pattern or something similar. Don't try to stick to a rigid and conventional pattern, if you think of something out of the ordinary that sounds good it can work perfectly. The great Hank Williams wrote a song called "Cold, Cold Heart," which ignores the custom of having a chorus, and has four stanzas instead of three. Willie Nelson is quite atypical when it comes to harmonic structure.
Step 5. Good songs tell stories, then think about how the story progresses in your song
Even when it is only a small part of your life, the storyteller's experience should tell well according to how he describes it.
Step 6. It's hard to avoid cliches in country songs, so do your best to find new ways to say the few things that most songs count; the pain of a love affair, the thrill of a new love, the regret of a wasted life, the joy of the party and so on
Step 7. Use strong verbs and focus on pictures
Make each word have a strong meaning. Many songs have less than 100 words, which means that each of them has a very special meaning and together they make up much more feeling.
Step 8. Remember that good writing of any kind conveys action
Vivid images trump sentimental phrases all the time. "My truck is in a ditch, my boss fired me today, my wife left me for my best friend"; This whole set of phrases brings images to the minds of the listeners. It is your handwriting but it is the image of him or her and it is what stays with them, making the mental images even more memorable. "I love you, I need you, I love you" doesn't do much to the imagination.
Step 9. Write about experiences but not just yours
Other people have experiences that are perfect for song lyrics. Learn the art of empathy, putting yourself in someone else's situation, imagining what it would feel like to have a child, lose a parent or partner, or break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
Step 10. Write everything that comes to your mind that can be used in a song as well as the point of focus
News articles, movies, books, or something someone says in conversation can inspire you to write songs. A friend's story about how brainstorming made him miss home, gave me inspiration to write a song. Always have a pen and paper with you to write down the ideas that suddenly come to your head and do not escape. Personally, I have a system for organizing songs and ideas; I file them according to their degree of advancement. I give them a title that works, but at the same time is subject to change as the song unfolds. I move them from the file when they are finished and I have the rest in descending order according to the number of verses they have.