I've been playing guitar and making up stuff on it for a while, but I've only recently gotten serious about writing complete songs. So far, the hardest part for me has been the bridge. Now, I know you don't need one in every song, but it really makes a song sound more dynamic and musically interesting. So...
I'm not looking for a formula, however I've noticed that in many songs, the bridge starts with the V or VII chord, almost like a key change. Or if the song is in a major key, the bridge will start with a minor chord. Do you guys have any other ideas?
Also, my songs all tend to have the following format: v1, pre-chorus, chorus, v2, pre-c, chorus, bridge, outro. Are there any other formats that you've found also work? Ie., starting a song out with the chorus, or going back to the verse after the first "pre-chorus." Thanks!