In his book "Tunesmith" Jimmy Webb says that Joni Mitchell's conversational style of writing song was one of the reasons the art of writing matching verses was forgotten. I'd say that traditional folk music, in general, is more loose with matching and rhymes than for example the classic American Song Book tradition on Irvin Berlin, Cole Porter and Gershwins. The modern pop dance music is also not so much matching oriented.
We all know that when lyrics have clear and precise rhythm in the lines and when the verses match to a tee it sounds really nice, it's easier to put into music, it's easy to sing and memorize both for the singer and for the audience.
If you sing your own lyrics, and the lines are uneven and syllable count differs a lot between verses, you're the one who has to figure out how to sing it and how to make the melody fit the words. That's ok. It can add a certain character to your song.
If you're a lyrics-only writer I would think that writing lyrics that are very easy to put into music would be one of the first goals. When words really sing from the page they very often will soon be sung in a demo. You'd get more collabs.
So, when you're writing matching verses, what is your favorite techniques? Please share. We would love to know. I know I do.
And if you don't write matching verses and/or you think it's hard, what is your biggest obstacles? What exactly makes you give up even when you know that it's not - in a way - "finished"?