The Ultimate Dilemma for the Song’s Main Character – Waypoint #3: The Crisis

Writing a Song about a Dilemma when the song's main character is at a crossroad moment.

October 20, 2022   |   0   |   Episode 048 Shownotes

The Ultimate Dilemma for the Song’s Main Character – Waypoint #3: The Crisis

Writing a Song about a Dilemma when the song's main character is at a crossroad moment.


Episode Overview:

  1. [00:01:45] Overview: Waypoints Inciting Incident, Turning Point, Crisis
  2. [00:04:29] Crisis
  3. [00:06:41] Real Choice
  4. [00:07:42] Meaningful Stakes
  5. [00:08:59] Best Bad Choice
  6. [00:10:08] Irreconcilable goods

The Ultimate Dilemma for the Song’s Main Character – Waypoint #3: The Crisis

Episode 048



In today’s episode, we’re gonna explore what it looks when we write about facing a crisis.

We’ve all been in a dilemma in our life, right?

It’s when no matter what we choose, there’s always something to lose, but also something to gain.

But it’s normal if we fear the loss more than having the potential to gain something.

Being in a dilemma, there’s just so much uncertainty attached it.

And we might fear making a choice at all.

So when we write lyrics about a dilemma, we can actually provide guidance to our audience … whenever they face a similar crisis.

And in this episode, you will find out how you can write lyrics about a person’s dilemma.

What it takes to truly create a hard choice for your song’s main character and I’ll also show you all the options of where you can place that crossroad moment in your lyrics’ narrative.

And as a lyric example, we’ll look at Gloria Gaynor’s song: “I Will Survive” because there’s so much to take away from the way those lyrics were written.

Sound good?

Awesome, then let’s get started!

Links mentioned in this episode:

© Stories in Songs, Melanie Naumann


Other ways to enjoy this post:

Comment · Read the Transcript

Stories In Songs - Storytelling in Songwriting

Want to listen to more episodes?

Here you'll find a list of all the released episodes of the Stories in Songs Podcast.

Subscribe & Review in iTunes

Are you subscribed to the Stories in Songs Podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode. Step for step I'm helping you tell powerful stories in your songs, and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on an important step. Click here to subscribe in iTunes or Google Play!

Now if you’re feeling extra loving, I would be really grateful if you left me a review over on iTunes or Google Play, too. Those reviews help other people find my podcast and they’re also fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the podcast is. Thank you!


Get the RSS feed:
https://feeds.buzzsprout.com/916843.rss

Leave A Reply or a Hi




Become A Songwriting Ninja

Each person in the world has extraordinary inner gifts, but you gotta do what it takes to express them.

Start Here