This blog post was contributed by award-winning hit songwriter, Brent Baxter
Writing a song is like going on a journey. Maybe you start out with a clear destination in mind. Maybe you just wander, discovering a satisfying destination by happy accident. Either way is fine. However, if you want to write commercially competitive song lyrics, I’ve found that it’s helpful to have a map to avoid songwriting quicksand, dead ends and detours.
For competitive song lyrics, the M.A.P. looks like this: