Filling in the blanks. We take our outline and just begin to flesh it out with the actual lines of the song. Our goal is to say exactly what we said we would say in our outline – nothing more, nothing less. As we write, we mentally check what we are saying against what we intended to say in our outline. Unless we decide the new direction is better than the outline, we stick closely to the outline.
Melody and feel. As we go, we create a melody and feel that compliments what we want to say.
Re-Writing. After we finish writing, we generally step away from the song for a week or two and revisit it to re-write and make sure everything is the best it can be. I check to make sure that we stayed true to the “map” and that we said what we needed to say in a fresh, interesting way.
And that’s how I write a song!