Lyricists are creative writers who craft the words to songs for entertainment, artistic, or commercial purposes. Lyricists are detail-oriented, with a keen eye for observing the world around them and the discipline to translate their observations and insights into the formal language of song.
While songwriters create both the lyrics and instrumental portions of a song, pure lyricists write only the verbal components of a musical piece. They may work with preexisting musical scores, collaborate with composers or musicians directly, or write words that will later be set to music. Whether they write a single song or an entire catalog of music, lyricists have a keen grasp of written communication and develop their creativity to respond to the commercial and artistic demands.
Lyricists work in a specialized niche of writing. A lyricist interprets the style, tone, and mood of a piece of music and writes words to match, which may require collaboration with composers, musicians, or arrangers. Since this job requires written expression and an understanding of music, lyricists should develop their creativity and active-listening skills.